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

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BA SCORE
67
poor

992 Ratings
THE BROS
70
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Ratings: 992
Reviews: 400
rAvg: 2.86
pDev: 21.33%
Wants: 6
Gots: 80 | 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

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-07-2000

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Ratings: 992 | Reviews: 400
Photo of clayrock81
3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer is better on the poster than in the glass, but what the hell. A carbonated brew to say the least, it has a big head that dies very quickly sitting on top of a light gold body. An earthy and husky aroma mixed with grains is all that hit my nostrils. Has that crisp, almost sharp bit that a pils has with a touch of sweet malt, but is rather light-bodied and contains only a little hoppiness which gives it a slight flowery taste and a touch of dryness on the end.
Not a bad beer, but just rather basic.

Photo of CJfromPhilly
3.4/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours from the 24oz. bottle a half-shade darker than your typical macro lager. A 2 finger head forms settling into a thick collar. It's very fizzy, countless bubbles rise to the top. Aroma is pleasantly malty with a slight hint of corn & a pinch of hops. The 1st sip brings a nice crisp hit of hops (Saaz?) bitterness, some dry grassiness, and a slight lemon citrus bite with some maltiness in the background for balance. Mouthfeel is medium, not heavy or watery. Overall, this is a pretty good macro pilsner. Not quite micro quality, but i'd definetly pick this over 95% of all the other mass-produced macro beer out there.

Photo of Spikester
3.18/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Finally located a non-skunked bottle and enjoyed enough to buy a well protected 12-pack. The first few bottles were quite good for the style and as I work my way through the 12-pack I find the dry bitterness too astringent for an every-day beer.
Recommended for an occasional beer. Probably more enjoyable with food.

Photo of July2Nov
1.75/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A: Very light golden hue with a little bit of foam head.
S: Hops with a distinct musty/earthy smell...a bit on the skunky side.
T&M: Watered down and mouth puckering. Has that sensation of eating a bunch of popcorn, and leaving your mouth with a numb sensation. Ok, so I'm exaggerating a bit. This is one to leave on the shelf during a beer run. I'm working hard to finish the bottle and have half a mind to dump the rest (gasp!, I never thought I would say that).
D: Maybe I got an old bottle of the girl, but on initial tasting, I would never pick this up again. Maybe I'll throw one into the 6-pack on my next trip to the store, just to make a fair assessment.

Photo of cactusjuggalo
1.16/5  rDev -59.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

This is just an awful awful beer. Let it be known i am a big fan of pilsners but this is just god awful. Poured a very light yellow like color with not much of a head. Heavy carbination with this one as well. Smelled very skunky and remained that way through out. Got a bitter taste with it that was just totally off. This was my first drain pour i just couldn't drink it. Good thing i got it in a mixed six pack...

Photo of rye726
2/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This is a favorite of a friend of mine so I decided to give it a try. Like most imported light beers, it was a little pricey for what you get. A clear color with lots of carbonation and a weak tan head. Skunky smell of stale hops and light grainy malts. Not much in the flavor area. A little bitter hoppiness with some grains. A light body with too much carbonation. Not the most drinkabel with the off flavors.

Photo of zeff80
3.3/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had these numerous times and decided to finally review it.

A - It poured out a golden yellow color, highly carbonated with a small, white, fizzy head. No lacing.

S - It smelled of grains, corn and light caramel malt.

T - It tasted fairly sweet and of a grain-like flavor.

M - It was relatively crisp and smooth. A light-bodied lager.

D - This is pretty descent. It works in a pinch at a family gathering where people think imports=great beer.

Photo of youngleo
3.33/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured to a light yellow and nice head. Had a little lacing but not a lot. There was some head at the end of the glass. Head was slightly off white in color. Smelled a little bit of skunk. Similar to Heineken, but not as strong. Im not saying thats a bad thing. Taste reminded me of a watered down version of Heineken. I liked it. The more I drank the more I liked the taste. Felt ok in the mouth. Carbonation was about right. I could drink these. But I dont think I could make it a session beer.

Photo of Cyberkedi
2.87/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Color is rather typical of a lager, a clear straw-yellow. Aroma is malty and full, with more malt scent than alcohol bite. Flavor is OK but a bit thin, malty with a touch of metallic taste and some bitterness - not bad, but a bit of a disappointment for a German beer. Aftertaste is a little bitter and metallic.

Photo of dsa7783
2.93/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Single, 12 oz bottle purchased for $1.49 from Total Wine and More in West Orange...
Talk about a clear pour... this one is almost as light as you can get for a Pilsener...
Bland, almost non-existent aroma with some corn and grain notes...
Very light, crisp, clean, clear taste... boring yet refreshing to say the least...
Watered-down, slick, greasy mouthfeel...
Decent-level of drinkability...
About as average and bland as you can get...
Wouldn't recommend this one...

Photo of kurtissellen
3.56/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into an oversized wine glass yielding a good fingers worth of white head that fades quickly and leaves no lacing. Light golden color that is crystal clear. Got scents of straw and grasses. First sip I tasted mildly sweet honey and some grains and ended with very small amount of hop bitterness. Extremely drinkable beer as I could probably finish off three or more of these in a single sitting.

Photo of ch473
1.48/5  rDev -48.3%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

skunk, skunk skunk. tastes like corona that's been sitting in the sun for days. very nice foamy head and nice bubbles.
i really can't taste anything except for sourness. very light hops, very little malt. stale bread. almost tastes like onions. I really hated this beer. not much else to say. maybe i got a bad batch.

Photo of BleedBlueUSAF
3.03/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another quick review, straight from memory.

Not sure on how it pours, drank straight from the green glass with the hot chick on the front.

Skunky smooth and dry, very rolling rocky!

It's a decent brew with an interesting mouth feel and long lasting aftertaste which is neither good or bad.

I recommend this beer when looking for something to get sauced off that's a little different, but it's definately no treat or anything for a special occasion.

Photo of charlzm
2.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Consumed from bottle.

I must point out before continuing that the beer was poured almost straight down into a plastic cup by a bartender, resulting in a tremendous frothy white head that overflowed the cup. The nose: lightly floral with a hint of malt. Flavor was somewhat flat (due to pouring method, no doubt) and subtle floral hops piqued what was otherwise a thin, slightly grainy (corny?) flavor. Mildly astringent.

Nothing special here, but not offensive.

Photo of Strix
1.99/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Whew, the smell of this does not impress. Not sure if this is skunked or this is how it is supposed to be. I suppose green bottles do not help. Sour, with grainy hops.

Taste does not suit me. Grainy, maybe honey? Somewhat weak and off.

Mouthfeel was all right, but nothing to write home about.

Overall, I found a bottle of this hard to finish. I won't be back.

Photo of maddogruss
2.5/5  rDev -12.6%
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 +5.2%
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 +9.4%
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%
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 +18.9%
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 -23.1%
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 +14.3%
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 -5.2%
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%
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 -30.1%
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.

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