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

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BA SCORE
68
poor

396 Reviews
THE BROS
70
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Reviews: 396
Hads: 1,021
rAvg: 2.92
pDev: 13.01%
Wants: 7
Gots: 109 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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 Swim424
2.3/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured into a pint glass from a bottle.

A-average. Poured a pee yellow with about a 1/2 inch head that dissapeared quickly. so looked like an average commercial lager. nothing that makes me really want to try it.

S-nothing special at all. smells sort of wheat and yeast. again nothing that makes me really want to drink this. smells slightly carbonated, and maybe a little metalic.

T-here we go...not very good. tastes very, i guess wheaty. lots of yeast i believe. i honestly feel like im drinking a plain garden. taste is much stronger than the smell. the yeast flavor builds and hits hardest as more an aftertaste.

M-not much here. not much lasting flavor. a strong yeast flavor right after i swallowed but thats about it. basically feels like a less carbonated miller lite.

O-I will probably not drink this again. it was not anything special. very dissappointing. I have heard good and bad things about this one and really just wanted to see for myself. definitly not the worst beer I have ever tried. but something I will do my best to avoid in the future. (1,071 characters)

Photo of Crowls
2.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle

Appearnace: Kept in the green bottle, but normal pils coloring of being able to see through and not much head retention

Smell: Hop aroma of crisp bitter

Taste: a nice crisp, little spice bitter flavor. reminds a lot of most american pilsners.

Mouthfeel: feels like water not a beer

Overall: a simple beer that can be drank easily for a night of heavy drinking (376 characters)

Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
3.35/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a super clear straw with a huge white head, minimal lace.

I've always loved the smell. Grain, grass and lemon are what hits the nose.

The taste is weak and grain heavy, there is some lemon and grass noticed as well.

The mouth is super thin, almost watery.

On a hot day I can pound these back, though I can think of a few other session brews that I dig a lot more. Not bad, not great. (395 characters)

Photo of drastunir
3.5/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Simple taste with this beer. No overpowering aftertaste either, which is always a plus. Not too filling, which is great for those nights you just want to enjoy a beer. Also, a decent starting lager if you haven't tried one before (I have, but I still enjoy it). Overall, a good choice if you are indecisive about what you would like to drink. (342 characters)

Photo of Groomsy
2.88/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle with "Best Before" date of 7/2011, bought as a single in a mixed six pack. Poured into a mug at fridge temperature. Review taken from brief shorthand notes; consumed on 04/01/2011.

Appearance: Very typical lager appearance - the body is a remarkably clear and transparent gold color and is topped by a 2-finger head of bright white foam which dissipates fairly quickly into a barely-there collar of bubbles. Some sudsy lacing lines the mug but even that fades fairly quickly. Moderate carbonation rises to the the top of the beer in streams of bubbles.

Smell: Even before I poured the beer, I was hit with a whiff of skunk and sulphur upon opening the bottle; my thoughts automatically leaped to "I got an old/bad bottle." When I finally poured the beer, the sulphur aroma was still there, but lingered in the background a little more. This smells like a typical Euro pils: Pale malt, vague sweetness, some slightly floral and earthy hops, and a touch of bread/grain. Very "meh" overall; I know what to expect.

Taste: Clean and crisp on the palate. There isn't a whole lot of boldness in the flavor, but this is decent. There are some vague flavors of pilsner malt and sweetness, quickly overtaken by a biting flavor of bittering hops of the spicy/floral type; the beer finishes on a slightly metallic/grainy note on the back of the palate and some of the sulphur characteristics come through in the finish. Refreshing, but not great by any means. Decent European lager.

Mouthfeel: Fairly light in body with a slightly drying finish; moderate carbonation creates a slightly foamy sensation on the back end. No lingering flavors on the finish, very clean.

Overall: It's worth a try if you're just getting into European beers, but don't expect anything great. This is just a typical Euro lager, although its light body and crisp flavors lend itself to refreshment.. Also beware of the high possibility of getting a slightly skunked bottle. (1,957 characters)

Photo of seetrider
3.15/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've never bothered pouring it out of a bottle, but I recall seeing someone do it- not surprisingly, the beer is a translucent golden color. Smell is rather bland, consisting of mostly grapefruit and skunk. The taste is the same as the smell and tastes like watered-down skunky grapefruit with some hay or grass or something- but it's actually pretty drinkable. It's better than a run-of-the-mill Bud Light or Keystone, but not much. (433 characters)

Photo of brunrn1
3.52/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I really enjoy this beer, I have even had the non alcholic version and that wasnt even that bad. This is a good aromatic, tasting beer.
Wish I could still recieve the free poster they used to mail out though. This is a beer I could drink all day.
It is not a filling and does not leave a bad after taste./ (307 characters)

Photo of JMad
3.05/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I poured a 12 oz bottle into my pint glass...

It was a very pale, golden yellow with a thin white head that disappeared in seconds.

The smell was skunky with a hint of lemon and bread.

Tastes mostly of crisp water, there are lemony grassy hop tones, and a bready aftertaste.

This beer is light and refreshing, lots of carbonation.

I'm not impressed but it's still drinkable. (379 characters)

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

From notes at Old Chicago (2002): Pours pale yellow with a nice white fluffy head. Few lacings. Fruity, floral aroma. Taste is delicate, floral, some bitter hops in finish. One of the better light beers in the world. Very nice if stored properly. A nice transition beer. Probably too bitter for the macro crowd. (311 characters)

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

Thought I'd give the old girl a try, though to me she's traditionally just a less skunky alternative to the swill of my high school days. Long, long ago.

Not bad! Impressively fresh, typical European lager in the best sense, not the worst, pretty plain but still a good hops profile (nice flowery hops), good balance, obviously a clean and excellent technical beer (this is German, after all).

In summary, perhaps the big German exports here are no longer skunky and uncared for. If so, I'll be a customer again. This was a good start. (538 characters)

Photo of mjurney
2.81/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance:
Pale golden color, clear. Some carbonation. Thin head.

Aroma:
Very skunky at first, but I could smell some sweet grainy and herbal hops.

Taste/Body:
Very light and crisp. There some sweet grainy malts with slight hop bitterness at the end. Well carbonated.

Finish/Aftertaste:
Clean crisp finish, slight dry aftertaste.

Overall Impressions:
Nothing really special, just your typical Euro Lager. (409 characters)

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.07/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is and always has been one of my very favorite imported "shwagg" lagers. The look is pretty standard, pale gold color with fizzy white head that actually hangs around for a bit and leaves a bit of lace. The really nice thing is that it seems to look lively throughout the duration of the session.

The best part of the aroma, since it's a mass-produced euro lager in a green bottle!! is not detection of anything foul or nasty. No metallic yeast here, it's all green garden veggies and subtle herbal yeast and hop combo, light, wheatie malt scent.

Just like the aroma the flavor does not have any funky, skunky, metallic grossness happening which is all you can really ask for with this style. The flavor is clean and crisp light...very light malt with a decent lager yeastie flavor of garden green's, earthy and slightly herbal. Balance of flavor's is pretty much right on and it keeps it's flavor quality even to the end of it's life, which seems to be rare from imported euro lager styles.

The feel is simple, light body, crisp and for the most part stays that way.

Not a bad go-to if your choices are limited. (1,127 characters)

Photo of MP72
3.92/5  rDev +34.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- poured straw yellow with a thin white head. Really clear ,,, head didnt last long at all.

S-grainy breadiness and a bit of sulfur

T- malty with good hop bite

M- thin and slick good carbonation

D- Very high this is a decent german beer and easy to drink several of. Not as deep in taste as say Hofbrau or Bitburger but a very good beer and reasonably priced at that.

Lets not forget you review the beer for the style and this is a good example. (452 characters)

Photo of secondtooth
3.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A pale, yellow appearance with ample lace.

Familiar skunky odor, in line with stuff like Heineken.

Taste is dirty, with some bitterness.

Solid and representative of the typical German lager. Actually tasty and drinkable, though not all that distinctive. (256 characters)

Photo of Distilled10
2.7/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- A pale yellow, high carbonated beer. Depending on the poor, it has a thin white head that quickly goes away.

S- Very earthy, and has the taste of a skunk smell

T- Musty, and earthy taste, as well as skunk.

M- I'm not impressed at all, this is not one of the best German beers that I've had...

D- Not very good, I do not recommend it to anyone to drink daily.

Notes: It's an acquired taste, as is all beers, but this is not one that one can drink on his or her "first beer". Let's set the standards on beer with something a little more "worth while" (557 characters)

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

Clear and golden, with a nice head present that recedes to a thin layering with some decent lacing in my pint glass. Smells pretty sweet, with a definite hop aroma noticeable, some slight citrus and grassy notes come through, but are very faint. Taste is mild and smooth, starts out fairly sweet and malty, but not overwhelming, with some light grainy characteristics, and leads into a nice bittering hop presence that mingles nicely on the tongue. Mouthfeel is fairly light with some pretty intense carbonation. This beer finishes a bit dry, but overall is a decent and easy drinking pils. (590 characters)

Photo of JayS2629
1.36/5  rDev -53.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

A- Pale yellow, high carbonation, thin white head that quickly fades and leaves minimal lace rings.

S- Underneath there are sweet caramel malts, but it is overpowered with earthy, musty hops and citrus tones. Kicking everything else is skunk.

T- Earthy tones, citrus and grass, musty notes, and skunk. Caramel notes are there but hard to trace through all the must and skunk.

M- Nothing impressive, overly fizzy

D- I poured it out it was so skunky. (452 characters)

Photo of rfgetz
2.88/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a pale straw, quick rush of white head, diminishing into nothing quickly. Very pale scent with hints of fresh grain and earthy hops. Very pale taste, sollows scent with light fresh dried grains and earthy hops. no off charachteristics, just light, weak and watery with highly active carbonation. (301 characters)

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

pours a straw yellow appearance with a thick 3-finger head. good amount of carbonation releases throughout pint glass. minimal lacing. best part of beer

smells of lemon, grass & herbs. reminds me of walking around my grandparents farm on a Summer evening. no malt presence whatsoever to help with the hop profile.

mild sweetness with lemon citrus hops. has that faint skunk taste that is evident in some Euro lagers. drying finish

light body with full carbonation

very forgettable beer. do not like that skunky aftertaste and dry finish. I used to think that I just don't like Pilseners but I am a huge fan of the Prima Pils. Oh well, won't be going back to "the girl" anytime soon. (686 characters)

Photo of MisterE
2.62/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

from a six-pack of 12 oz bottles with a "best before" date of 08.2011 but no mention of the Reinheitsgebot

A: pours a very pale yellow with a thin head that's gone if you blink, but nice label on the bottle

S: not much here either, just a faint whiff of malted grain and grassy hops

T: okay, the taste is a little better, but still quite understated, while leaving a hint of bitterness - best paired with strong tasting food for contrast

M: a little smoother than seltzer water, and almost as carbonated

D: even though I could probable drink a few, I think one is plenty

Notes: I remember when St Pauli Girl used to be a fairly respectable beer. Either my tastes have changed or this beer is now trying to compete with American adjunct beers. (748 characters)

Photo of echoes
2.81/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a glass.

A: Very dense, white and bubbly head. Head dissipates slowly leaving a little lacing. Could swear it is a light beer based on the color which is a very light and pale straw/yellow.

S: Hopsy and citrus. Perhaps a little skunky.

T: High on the hopsy-bitterness. Mixture of hops and citrus zest is about all I can taste.

M: Light, airy and slightly coarse. Feels a bit like a light beer.

D: Feels like a light beer so if one prefers heavier/more filling beers then more than one (12oz) bottle may be wanted. (I've got a 24oz bottle so one is enough for me).

This is the second time I've tried this beer but the first time reviewing it for BA. I didn't care for it the first time I tried it but this time and I think I may have gotten a fresher bottle because it is fairly decent for a pilsener. I wouldn't particularly recommend it but it isn't bad. May be worth a try. (891 characters)

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.11/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

St. Pauli Girl Lager has a medium, white, and quickly-dissipating head and a clear, golden appearance, with moderate carbonation.
The aroma is skunky at the first open of the green bottle, then mostly of barley malt. Taste is of barley, with an underlying hop note. Mouth-feel is fairly full bodied, and St. Pauli Girl Lager finishes crisp, semi-dry, and refreshing enough. Overall, I think this is an okay beer.

RJT (417 characters)

Photo of flyingv63
2.96/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Oh St. Pauli Girl...had a friend come back to the states from germany swearing by this as his party beer(as it is a pilsner I figured u could knock back enough to get cheerful) so I crack the bottle and and St Pauli girl mustve opened her legs lol pretty skunky/sulfury but wasn't a bad brew I could drink it had a decent taste not what I expected from such a strong smelling beer. It was decently crisp and left ur mouth dry so a decent not great beer....id drink it again (473 characters)

Photo of Shrews629
2.65/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - Very clear straw/gold color with a super white head that wasn't too impressive. Head retention was at a bare minimum. A tiny bit of lacing was present. Looked like a "macro" lager or pilsner.

Smell - The nose was very grainy. The hops smelled kind of musty. Corn aromas were present also. Rice too. Just a wee bit skunky.

Taste - The grain and corn stand out in the taste. Some bitterness is present. Enough to let you know that some type of hops are present somewhere. Not horrible.

Mouthfeel - Light mouthfeel. Mostly watery. Crisp and smooth. Very little was left on the palate.

Drinkability - This beer reminds me of the big
American Lagers and Pilsners, but with more of a grainy nose and taste. Would pair well with a real hot day. Could be rather thirst quenching. Probably wouldn't seek this out, but I could see how this beer could be good for someone making the jump to craftbeer. (911 characters)

Photo of tbern007
2.63/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours a clear, pale/golden color. Large head that is gone quickly. Light to no lacing.
S - Light version of the taste: skunk, sulfur, hops, grain.
T - skunk, sulfur, dry, bitter, grainy. Sharp and dry. Lousy aftertaste.
M - the dryness and sharpness do not allow for the crappy aftertaste to linger too long. Cold and highly carbonated save this beer from a lower score.
D - all in all average to below. Better than some things out there but there is an awfully lot of better beers than this. And the dark version of St. Pauli is much better than this. (558 characters)

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