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

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915 Ratings

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Ratings: 915
Reviews: 385
rAvg: 2.87
pDev: 21.25%
Wants: 3
Gots: 44 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-07-2000)
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Photo of cproioi


2/5  rDev -30.3%

Poured a pale yellow almost clear body with a slight head. The smell and the taste where rather skunky. It might not of been a bad beer if it was taken better care of. However, what did give it points is that it was very thin and refreshing on a hot summer day even with the taste.

08-07-2006 02:55:00 | More by cproioi
Photo of barefootbrewer


2.73/5  rDev -4.9%

This beer poured a clear straw color with a persistent head. The smell was hoppy and a bit citrus like. The taste was a classic pilsner with a bit of a citrus undertone – but other than that, nothing to make this beer stand out. The mouthfeel was thin and the carbonation was very noticeable. This would be decent cold beer on a hot day.

08-04-2006 00:36:13 | More by barefootbrewer
Photo of frazbri


2.33/5  rDev -18.8%

St. Pauli Girl poured pale yellow in color topped by a tall, bright white head. Aroma of ragweed and skunk. Sweet with a lemongrass tartness and a hint of bitterness. Light in body, highly carbonated with a dry finish.

St. Pauli Girl is the definition of mediocre euro lager. I might drink this, if someone left it in my fridge (like this bottle), but I wouldn't waste my own money on it. You can do better than this.

07-19-2006 03:01:19 | More by frazbri
Photo of jpkoch1962


2.63/5  rDev -8.4%

This is an unassuming, rather bland inoffensive beer.

Served from a 12oz bottle at 45F into a pilsner glass. Pours a bright, pale yellow which quickly built a nice head, but just as quickly vanishes. Aroma carried a sweet, slightly sulfuring boquet. No hint of any hops aroma- noble or otherwise. From the front to the finish, this lager was a consistent blah. A typical German pilsener carries a sharp bite to accompany a slight malty body. St Pauli Girl Pils underwhelms. The only discernable hint of any character this beer hints of is a sublte sweetness that lingers well after it is swallowed.

Don't get me wrong. This isn't a bad beer, it's just I was expecting something that approached a German Pils. This is more reminiscent of a bland Helles or Export. If you are looking for an inoffensive lager to relax after mowing the lawn, then this beer is for you. If you are looking for something with more character try a Jever or Dortmunder.

06-24-2006 02:24:14 | More by jpkoch1962
Photo of neenerzig


3.58/5  rDev +24.7%

Had a bottle of this at my cousin's wedding reception last night. Pours a clear golden color. Little head and what head there is is gone rather quickly leaving behind very little lacing. Lots of little bubbles rapidly rising up to the top though for a good amount of time before leveling off. Aroma's are of some grains and hops, nothing out of the ordinary here. Taste is of some grains, hops, and maybe a few mild spices. An alright taste, but nothing special. Not all that different from a lot of lagers. In fact I used to think this beer was a lager instead of a pilsener like it actually is. Crisp mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Not surprising at all due to the bubbles discussed earlier. Very easy to drink. Nothing great of horrible here. An average pilsener.


06-18-2006 05:14:50 | More by neenerzig
Photo of mithrascruor


3.28/5  rDev +14.3%

24 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a dull gold color. The white head is but a thin film by the first sip.

Smell: Typical hoppy scent that most pilsners have. A bit of spices too.

Taste: Again, hops and spice. A fairly nice flavor that's not too strong.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied with a dull feel of carbonation.

Drinkability: Definitely a drinkable beer, but you'll be bored before the alcohol starts to hit you.

Basically this is an average German pilsner available in the US. A bit better than some in certain respects, but not others. As mentioned, it's perfectly drinkable, and maybe it would be good with food, but on it's own it becomes a bit tired after a bit. Sure, I'd have another... but I'd rather have something different.

06-05-2006 05:34:05 | More by mithrascruor
Photo of silver0rlead

North Carolina

3.03/5  rDev +5.6%

Pours a pale straw yellow with a descent white head that doesnt stick around. The aroma is mostly grainy, with some hints of corn and a slight herbal hoppiness. The flavor isnt much of an improvement with more grainy flavors, and some hints of corn, some slight hoppiness and metallic flavors. The mouthfeel is light with high carbonation and drinkability is the one category this beer does well. An ok euro pale lager...definately not a serious german pilsner.

05-27-2006 05:37:35 | More by silver0rlead
Photo of gosurfobx

North Carolina

2.75/5  rDev -4.2%

Poured into a pint glass. Pours a clear straw color with an half inch head that reduces down to a small layer as time passes. Smells has some funkyness to it, like slightly skunky. Taste reafearms smell, some funkyness. Other than that a standard mass produced pilsner, a bit better than US domestic pilsners.

05-24-2006 01:58:58 | More by gosurfobx
Photo of dfried


3/5  rDev +4.5%

This is pretty much an average pilsner all around. Much better than domestics, but nothing to write home about. Yellowish color, slight head. Skunky, sort of off-putting aroma. A bit of a pale-sweet malt flavor, but dominated by skunky hops. Average mouthfeel for a pils, can be quite drinkable (epescially if you find them at a bar for $5, thanks Nomad).

05-22-2006 17:08:29 | More by dfried
Photo of BuckeyeNation


2.17/5  rDev -24.4%

Classic straw yellow with a handful of fine bubble streams leading from glass bottom to bright white head. And a fine looking lid it is too. Tight-bubbled, finely pitting, persistent and better than average in the lace department. No matter what my other senses are about to experience, St. Pauli Girl looks good.

It wasn't surprising in the least that crown removal brought a mini-blast of skunk to my nose. Yet another green-bottled European lager. How's this for a slogan: "P.U. from the E.U." Nah, they probably wouldn't sell much beer with that. The nastiness fades quickly and I'm left with a bland, mildly grain-like, mildly musky hoppiness that doesn't offend.

Ditto St. Pauli Girl's flavor, although offensiveness is starting to trickle in at the edges. There isn't much barley malt present, which means very little sweetness to cut the moderately harsh bitterness of the Hallertau hops. What alpha acids are present (not many) are essentially unopposed by malt sugars.

I don't have much to say about the body/mouthfeel. Not much that's good anyway. It's light (maybe light-medium) for the style and is too finely fizzy. A more pleasurable mouthfeel would have gone a long way toward increasing drinkability.

The brewery says that 'you never forget your first girl'. That's true, but I have forgotten my first St. Pauli Girl. And my second and my third and my fourth. I drank SPG and SPG Dark on occasion years ago, but the flavor profile isn't familiar. More to the point, this isn't a beer that I want to remember from this point forward. I'd like to quickly forget what is sure to be my last (St. Pauli) Girl.

05-19-2006 13:09:15 | More by BuckeyeNation
Photo of utahbeerdude


3.9/5  rDev +35.9%

Visual: Light, clear gold, weak head subsided quickly, moderate carbonation.
Aroma: Pils type with nice spicy hops component.
Flavor: Firm bitterness with hop flavor in beginning and middle and then a short in-balance bitter finish. Brief, dry bitterness in aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Appropriate carbonation, slightly light body, but in good balance with the rest of the beer.
Overall: Well balanced, good lighter pils-type lager.

05-16-2006 18:20:10 | More by utahbeerdude
Photo of bonbright7


3/5  rDev +4.5%

After a tough day of directing the local historical society's annual fine arts show, I sat down at a picnic table on the fairgreounds with Crazy Bob from Maine for roast beef heros and a few cold St. Pauli Girl beers. This was the fabled beer of my teenage years that rivaled Heineken and Moosehead for my attention in the early 1980's.

It poured well with a small frothy top and large bubbles coming from the bottle as I poured (a sign of freshness). In the 16oz Solo cup it looked just fine and then we tasted the beers in earnest. It came on like a pilsner type of beer, but it had a funky bitter aftertaste which was a mild distraction.

One beer followed the next until three were consumed. I liked it with the overstuffed roast beef hero and I would like to try it on tap in the future as it appears to me that ALL beers taste better on draft.

05-08-2006 13:11:03 | More by bonbright7
Photo of nitemarebrewer


1.98/5  rDev -31%

Poured light yellow, little carbonation, head foamy.
Smells faintly of malt, and skunkiness
Mouthfeel was thin and watery.
Taste was very light, skunked, diluted.
This beer was drinkable with food. I found it to be great when grilling out in the sun, accompanying a steak. Otherwise, it might be good as sparge water.

04-28-2006 03:19:20 | More by nitemarebrewer
Photo of plaid75

New York

2.88/5  rDev +0.3%

A very drinkable German pils. I would say that it is an average representation of the style, on par with Beck's but below Dinkle Acker.

Appearance is tyical - light and foamy head with short retention and very little lacing. Smell and taste was average - no skunkiness detected.

04-14-2006 04:03:57 | More by plaid75
Photo of JasonCoop


3.75/5  rDev +30.7%

drank a lot of these last summer, refreshing when it's really hot.

pours crystal clear straw yellow/gold color with pretty nice fizzy head. bubbles line the glass too.

smells light and grassy-sweet. slightly skunky, but not too bad.

taste is nice and light. very crisp, highly carbonated. a light sweet malt taste blends into a grassy and subtle hop aftertaste. refreshing if nothing else. that and the fact that i can get this for under 9 bucks a 12 pack most of the time makes it considerable if i feel like a light pilsener.

mouthfeel is very light and very bubbly and not this brew's finest point. but its light and crisp flavor makes it pretty drinkable, especially during summer in my opinion.

04-04-2006 07:25:24 | More by JasonCoop
Photo of palffyfan


3.25/5  rDev +13.2%

Appearance - Poor without much head or carbonation. Faint yellow color, looks typical.

Smell - The predoimant smell is those of hops, very clean smell, yet faint for the most part. Definetely above average.

Taste - Good pilsner taste at the right amount. Slightly sweet, not bitter at all. Leaves a very slight soapy aftertaste, that would hurt the beers drinkability. Very soothing to the mouth. I suppose the taste could wear off if you're chugging this.

Drinkability - Drinkable for a 6-pack, however there are many other more flavorful beers that I find more appealing. Would probably wear on me eventually though.

03-11-2006 03:36:22 | More by palffyfan
Photo of kgotcher


3.53/5  rDev +23%

Okay, not a fancy beer but "not recommended" is a bit harsh. This is a nice basic pilsner a good standby or session lager. Key is to buy from a reliable source (so you know it was stored well) and also to get the 12 pack box as apposed to the 6 pack which is exposed to light.

Look is typical with a straw color and nice fizzy head. Taste is light and crisp with no offending flavor or odor, just good clean taste. Good all malt alternative to a macro session beer. I think people here tend to rate pilsners low in general.

02-24-2006 02:56:08 | More by kgotcher
Photo of RJLarse


3.33/5  rDev +16%

I picked up a 710 ml bottle of St. Pauli Girl at the grocery store to review. I had this beer many years ago, and don’t remember much about it. I poured the beer in to a pilsner glass.

Pours a pale yellow/gold color, clear and effervescent, with several streams of bubbles rising through the beer. One finger of pure white foamy head is reduced quickly to a thin champagne-like ring around the surface of the beer. The reduced head is somewhat resilient and produces some lacing on the side of the glass while drinking. It’s a classic looking pilsner, and a small storm of bubbles can be seen in the glass with each swallow.

The smell is fairly strong, and hoppy. There is a mild scent of malted grain, but this one is definitely casting a hop aroma.

The taste is hoppy but very mildly bitter. The flavor is mild and reasonably well balanced. There is a very soft, mellow and pleasant aftertaste. The taste reminds me of the first beers I ever tasted as a kid, when adults would give me a sip from their glass. I’ve always remembered that taste, and I find it in pilsners and that first sip of a macro when I have not had any beer for a few weeks.

The mouth feel of this beer is very light, crisp, clean and refreshing.

This is a very drinkable beer. It’s not filling, not overpowering with it’s flavor, and has a fairly low ABV. I could drink glass after glass of this beer in a session, and probably not tire of it. Like most pilsners, it would be particularly good on a hot summer day. As pilsners go I think this one is pretty good, but I don’t drink many pilsners, so I don’t have much to compare it with.

02-19-2006 00:44:01 | More by RJLarse
Photo of blackie


3.55/5  rDev +23.7%

appearance: The pour into my pilsener glass creates a low white head that quickly recedes. The beer is a pale golden hay color.

smell: There is a predominant clean grain scent that lends an ultralight sweetness to the aroma. I find a slight sulfuric aroma (not really a negative) and just a touch of noble hops. Also a hint of white bread. Not bad, and well balanced, but a little plain.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is on the lower end of the high range, and is prickly on the tongue. The body is in the middle of the light range. Clean and dry mouthfeel.

taste: Pretty much exactly the same as the smell. Light grain sweetness, "typical" German pilsener sulfuric taste, and hops that provide a gentle bitterness and just a touch of flavor.

drinkability: Easy to drink, and not bad at all.

The bottle was part of a "German Beer Hall Tour" mix pack my dad gave me for Christmas. A best by date of 03.2006 is printed on the reverse label, followed by the code L 08259 U.

01-23-2006 03:08:41 | More by blackie
Photo of Wasatch


2.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Pours a pale yellow color, some carbonation, very small head, some lacing afterwards. The scent is kinda sweet malty like a pilsner. The taste is malty and sweet as well. Light body. Drinkable for a pilsner, but not the best representation of the style.

01-22-2006 16:29:36 | More by Wasatch
Photo of akahn


3.38/5  rDev +17.8%

Pours a pale yellow with a fluffy bubbly white head that faded quickly and left a bit of lace.

Clean soft malt aroma and some of the familiar pilsner hop aromas.

Crisp wheaty-husky malt flavor with strong pulsating carbonation. Some honey sweetness.

I found this to be a pleasant and drinkable beer. Makes me want to seek out more German Pilsners. I don't really see why this beer has been panned by so many people, I think it's at least decent.

01-22-2006 00:38:30 | More by akahn
Photo of Drew966


2.42/5  rDev -15.7%

Typical Euro lager, pours yellow with white fluffy head. Slight metallic taste. Nothing special, perfectly acceptable for guzzling, but not anything to write home about either. Good for a session beer after having a "good" beer or two. Green bottles so your mileage may vary.

01-20-2006 01:44:14 | More by Drew966
Photo of danielharper


2.45/5  rDev -14.6%

Purchased from Target in Jones Valley, Huntsville, AL.

(Consumed and notes taken on 11/27/05. Verbatim notes follow.)

"Very light yellow color, almost perfectly clear. No head apparent after a moment, low carbonation as bubbles flow upward. Sweet grassy aroma, more sweet than grass, slight sucrose quality. Little skunk quality. Tastes similar, a bit of dryness in the back of throat, bit drinkable enough as it goes. Beer warmes and degenerates. Bitter aftertaste. Moderate mouthfeel helps to give beer body. Don't much like it -- won't buy again."

I honestly don't even remember much about this beer, but from what I remember it wasn't very good. Not recommended in the slightest from me -- there are better pilseners out there.

01-08-2006 20:37:11 | More by danielharper
Photo of deciding39


2.5/5  rDev -12.9%

A: Pours a golden straw color with a short, fluffy head that dissipates quickly. Appears very carbonated. Very little lacing.

S: Light, grassy hops, as well as some sulfer. Some light malt in the nose as well. Not all too pleasant or exciting, really.

T: Tastes of slightly sweet pilsener malt and corn, with grassy, stale hops. Finishes rather dry.

M & D: Extremely light, thin body. Quite carbonated. It's drinkable, but is not really interesting or sophisticated enough to drink all that often.

Overall, a pretty bland and uninteresting pilsener. It can be refreshing when cold, but watch out - all of the unpleasant flavors (mainly cooked veggies/sulfer) come out when served too warm.

01-03-2006 02:48:15 | More by deciding39
Photo of chOAKbarrell


1.35/5  rDev -53%

Wow, this is a lot worse than I expected.

Ultra-thin, very light colored body. Corn/grass smell (stench). Noxious, offensive, invasive taste. I cant even say it goes down easy, so even the drinkability is low.

I guess this is the Budweiser of Germany, but at least you can ignore Bud while you are drinking it. St Pauli Girl is like a slap in the mouth.


12-19-2005 04:08:11 | More by chOAKbarrell
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