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

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968 Ratings

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Ratings: 968
Reviews: 390
rAvg: 2.87
pDev: 21.25%
Wants: 4
Gots: 59 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-07-2000)
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Photo of stagman
2/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I poured this and it came out a light gold with little carbonation and no head. It smelled like sweet corn, and tastes sweeter than expected. There's a little bit of a hoppy grassiness, but not enough to really stand out. It seems that St Pauli is just another run of the mill European Lager. I'd pass next time.

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

A- 3in puffy white foam in a pilsener glass has decent retention and lots of clumpy lace. in a pint glass, not so but but still ok. clear pale very golden body with rising bubbles.

S- pale malt and mineral water, grassy hop aroma stands out and is surprisingly fresh. the green bottle expiration date is aug08 so it must be.

T- apple peel, pear, potato, raw barley, malted grains, corn husk, and an herbal lemony hop bitterness that lingers into a dry finish.

MF- thin crisp and refreshing is about all i can say. mid-high carb, slightly dry.

D- definitely a better choice than most widely available pale lagers, this in all around good pils. you can find it at any gas station convenience store and that's a good thing.

Photo of PhageLab
3.1/5  rDev +8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a Lowenbrau mug.

A - Transparent pale straw yellow, minimal head, poor retention, no lacing, plenty of rising suds. Nothing special, but on par with others in the style.

S - Slightly bready, surprisingly. Other than that there are mostly grassy herbal notes some grain and a slight hop presence.

T - Loads of grass notes, a hint of hop, and an all around watery profile. Not much else I can say here.

M - Light bodied, medium carbonation levels, thin and watery overall. No aftertastes or residues.

D - Decent, I could do 1 or 2 without getting bored. Fairly forgettable but certainly not bad. Worth trying.

Photo of SargeC
3.55/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear, pale yellow with a pure white head.

Smell: Grass, clean malt

Taste: An herbal hop character. Very light malt provides the framework the hops work around.

Mouthfeel: light bodied with a smooth fullness.

Drinkability: A very consumable, classic European brew. Seems to have lost something over the years though.

Photo of dteal1
2.55/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pale, clear yellow with a better than expected head that stayed for a while. It smelled pretty skunky. It wasn't pleasant. It had a lot of flavor, but it wasn't really the good kind of flavor. Left my mouth dry. I won't buy this again soon but I wouldn't turn a free one down.

Photo of jasonpeckins32
2.4/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A pretty decent brew here, when considering the style, green bottle, and import status. From my experience, this is less likely to be skunked than many of its european counterparts. A decent beer with good flavor. Light bodied, fizzy, and generally tastes better than most american macros.

Photo of Floydster
2.63/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle purchased from Hollymain Liquor, six pack was 5.99

Poured into a pint glass with a light yellow color

Smell was a little funky and dad a skunk-type smell to it

Taste was okay, light and crisp with a little caramel present, but barely enough to distinguish

Very drinkable for a pilsner

Photo of Boneheadmx
3.1/5  rDev +8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours out to a clear, straw yellow with a small head that subsides rather quickly. Nothing out of the ordinary.

The smell is of plastic, and I can detect a faint trace of the hops, but not much.

The taste is rather good, with the hops coming in quickly and finishing off fairly malty.

The mouthfeel is also pretty average, with the carbonation coming in just right. It does feel a bit thin and watery, though.

However, this is a very drinkable beer that I buy often because of how easy it is to drink with certain beer snobs as well as those who don't usually drink anything. Though it might not be the best beer I've ever had, I am quite fond of this one because it's just nice to drink.

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

Poured from the green bottle a good almost 2 finger head, but the head was loose and weak, not thick and tight. Head was gone by the time I put the bottle away and came back. No lacing. Pale yellow in color. Smell was faint grain and malt. Surprisingly, no skunky. The green bottles were boxed which would keep the sunlight out, that must have helped. Taste had a hint of mild malt and was somewhat floral. Faint grains detected as well. Leaves the mouth dry, but not cotton mouth. Average to above average carbonation in this batch. Went down rather easily and I was surprized it wasn't skunky..keeping sunlight off the bottles changed the way this one smelled and tasted. I was pleasantly surprized that I actually enjoyed it this time and I based my review on that, not how it normally is. Hey, the girl on the front had long blonde hair that went to where her breasts about start. I always thought she had it pulled up. And she looks younger. Kinda nice.

Photo of peabody
2.42/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours out budweiser yellow with two fingers of white suds that dissapate quickly.
Smell is skunky. It is hard to smell anything else really.
Taste is a little watery with some hoppiness that leaves a bitter taste on the tounge.
Mouthfeel is very clean but that is the problem, nothing to remember this beer by.
Why session this when you could session PBR?

Photo of Brad007
3/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Photo of Metalmonk
2.95/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

In college this was basically an exotic beer, 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.

Photo of sudz42
4/5  rDev +39.4%
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.

Photo of mooseisloose
3.15/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

Photo of biggmike
2.6/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

Photo of Lothore
3.95/5  rDev +37.6%
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.

Photo of ccrida
4.43/5  rDev +54.4%
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!

Photo of WillieMoe
2.53/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

Photo of bboven
2/5  rDev -30.3%
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.

Photo of Leebo2007
3.5/5  rDev +22%
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.

Photo of jar2574
2.03/5  rDev -29.3%
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.

Photo of giblet
2.9/5  rDev +1%
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!


Photo of robocrouch
1.78/5  rDev -38%
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.

Photo of session1979
3/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Photo of allengarvin
3.1/5  rDev +8%
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.

St. Pauli Girl from St. Pauli Brauerei C.L. Wilh. Brandt Gmbh & Co.
67 out of 100 based on 968 ratings.