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

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977 Ratings

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Ratings: 977
Reviews: 394
rAvg: 2.87
pDev: 21.25%
Wants: 5
Gots: 70 | 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 maddogruss
2.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: Pours a light, straw body with a small white head. Decent lacing along the side of the glass.

S: Bitter smell with hints of malt undertones.

T: Bitter, dry malt beverage taste. No good malt taste evident; like malt liquor and tea leaves going into my mouth.

M: No good mouthfeel at all. Reminded me of water or some type of juice.

D: Not too drinkable beer. Not too good of a taste at all for me and the mouthfeel was nonexistent. I would recommend that you pass this beer over when you see it in the store, unless you want something that's cheap to try.

Photo of Gehrig
3.01/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thick white foam on a medium golden body, St. Pauli Girl starts and ends in fairly basic fashion. The nose is somewhat pungent and mildy offensive, with its green-bottle skunkiness damping down the decent allotment grassy hops. Having written a few brief diatribes on this and uttered more toward such beers, I can't say I'm surprised. The taste makes a fairly decent recovery, with the hops carrying the day. But the lack of complexity results in a rather bitter, imbalanced beer. Moderately carbonated, this is a fairly drinkable, decent beer when all is said and done. Not the worst, not the best, but a fairly decent Pilsner from Germany.

Photo of riboflavin88
3.13/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is not one of my favorite Pilseners, but it's not completely bad. Golden in color with a modest, white head. It's nose has a distinct yeast smell, grainy too. A drinkable beer, like others have said it has that "skunky" flavor, but not as strong as others. Typical Pilsener taste, which I like, bread and grain notes. Fair amount of carbonation, good mouthfeel, a session beer for some. Bottom line, it's not a horrible beer, but there are better Pilseners out there.

Photo of JohnGalt1
2.86/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz picked up at the Coop today for $1.20.. poured into my small weizen glass.

Sorta meringue looking head atop a lite straw brew... a little sticky lacing.

Only semi skunky .... More husky than grainy .. Noticeable hops... but not enough to compare with the best German Pilsners.

Flavor is basically the same.. but very clean.. closer to a Munich Helles than a pilsner... needs more bitterness and hop flavors.

Body is fine for the style so is the carbonation.. for the most part, this is a pretty average brew... the skunkiness cuts way down on the drinkablity in this one.

Why do any brewers still use clear or green bottles? It makes no sense.

Photo of 1fastz28
3.4/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

pours a generic lager gold color with a pure white head and tons of carbonation. the smell is average, basically again generic lager aroma with slight corn hints as well. taste is pretty decent, has a good mild skunkiness to it, its refreshing and light like a lager should be. its a good lager, and a good go to beer if you're in the mood for a lager

Photo of JDV
2.2/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Light golden yellow color with very short lasting white head. Smell is yeasty, very slight skunkiness, bready, and light metallic which dissipated as it warmed and gave way to a light maltiness. Taste is a doughy, bready, yeastiness, with a good bit of carbonation. Reminds me of a watered down Carlsberg. Very light, and watery even for the style, I'd think, with a very slight bitterness. Nothing special at all really and I probably wouldn't want more than 1 of these ever.

Photo of BeerTaster
3.27/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured pale yellow in color not much of a head. Smell a little hops not much else. Taste a little sweetness up front hops in the finish which disapeared quickly. Mouthfell was light in body mediem carbonation. Drinkability was good I'll take another.

Photo of mltobin
2.71/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

You have to love the graphics on the bottle. The beautiful german girl carrying several freshly poured beers to a table at a Beer Garden.

Upon pouring St. Pauli into a glass, that image begins to fade. It is a light yellowish color with a short head. The smell is typical of a pilsner, nothing out of the ordinary. It tastes solid and the hops are present and accounted for. The mouthfeel is good with hints of hickory.

Good german beer with a great label.

Photo of GPHarris
2.43/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a - poured a one finger thick off-white head into a tumbler. the body was clear, sligthly bubbly from carbonation with a golden body. left a thin ring but no sheeting.
s - metallic and bready.
t - bready and yeasty.
m - crisp.
d - nondescript beer. could do worse, could do a whole lot better.

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
2.48/5  rDev -13.6%
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
2.38/5  rDev -17.1%
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
2.6/5  rDev -9.4%
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
3.08/5  rDev +7.3%
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
2.8/5  rDev -2.4%
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
2.43/5  rDev -15.3%
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
2.93/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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
3.92/5  rDev +36.6%
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.

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