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

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966 Ratings

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Ratings: 966
Reviews: 389
rAvg: 2.87
pDev: 21.25%
Wants: 3
Gots: 59 | 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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-07-2000)
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Photo of SixpointJMH
3.1/5  rDev +8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

this is pretty much as average a brew as you can get: no real faults nor are there any real redeeming qualities either. it pours what you'd expect: a mild golden colour with plenty of carbonation and a moderate though pretty much non-sticky head. there's a bit of sweetness to the smell, but overall it's a bland mixture of malt and hop. nothing else really stuck out to me. the flavour is more of the same. it's crisp and bubbly and easy drinking, but that's about it. strangely, i often find myself ordering this one when i see it on the menu. most often this is because it's a slight saviour from the macro garbage that takes up the rest of the beer menu (if you want to call it that) at whatever establishment i happen to be at, as this one isn't as common as i remember it being in the past, but it is still found amongst (as i guess it should be) all the macro stuff and heineken, becks, bass, etc. when it is on the menu.

Photo of mattcrill
1.05/5  rDev -63.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Gawd...this is one terrible beer.

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color with a white cap. Carbonation cascades up the glass.

Smell: Cooked corn! I finally figured out what that meant. This beer is cooked corn all over the place. With shades of cold garbage and veggie waste.

Taste: Some bitterness (hop maybe), stale wheat bread, and a sweet finish.

Mouthfeel: Water.

Drinkability: I think not.

Overall: A terrible beer. I tried this just because I needed to understand the antithesis of craft beer. This is it. Look no further and avoid if all possible. This definitely provides perspective and a contrast to the usual fare of fine brews I have grown accustom to.

Photo of Hunter
2.85/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale as an American pilsner, although the white head lasted substanitally longer than anything on top of a Bud. Light carbonation.

Smell is typical of the style, for a lower-quality pilsner. Some hops, light malt, and inevitable skunkiness. Why do breweries use clear/green glass anymore?

Light taste. I had to check to make sure this wasn't a light beer. Nope. Thin as water, it doesn't offend but sure as hell doesn't impress. Vanishes instantly on the swallow. Not bad if all you need is a something to mindless quaff by the grill. Chalk this one under the "kissing your sister" category.

Photo of Dmann
3.53/5  rDev +23%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This is a decent macro import that is always on sale here and is great for warm weather drinking. It pours a golden color with a good white head that stays for awhile and leaves a thin sheat of lace down my glass. The smell is a littly funky but not bad, and has a decent ammount of malt in the nose as well. The taste is refreshing with its crisp bite, good malt flavors and a slight hop flavor as well. This is my macro import of choice.

Photo of Gusler
3/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beers as it disembarks the 12-ounce green bottle pours a transparent gold with a medium sized white head that is spumous in texture and the residual lace a thin sheet. Nose is all malt; sweet, crisp and fresh, start is quite sweet, fair to middling malt presence, the top thin. Finish is moderate in acidity, the hops meek and mild, dry aftertaste, a drinkable if light beer for this old beer swiller.

Photo of brewQ
2.85/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Hadn't had this brew in years... was careful in selecting a 24 ounce bottle from the middle of the cooler, away from the lights up front. My diligence ws not repaid.

The pale gold brew reaked of skunk. It fell back enough for me to taste something positive in the way of hops and light sweetness. However, the mouthfeel was as artificial as a glass of Tang!

Will probably wait til they put a new model on the label before I trouble myself with this beer again.

Photo of Gagnonsux
3.3/5  rDev +15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a six pack of bottles on sale at H.E.B. for $5.29.

Appearance- Pale lager color, moderate carbonation, average head.

Smell- Typical mainstream pilsener smell, totally average.

Taste- Crisp, with a mild honey sweetness. About what you expect a beer like this to taste like.

Drinkability- Good thirst quenching beer and easy to drink for a session.

Overall St. Pauli does an nice job with this beer, but it isn't anything spectacular. Solid, unoffensive, and easy-to-drink.

Photo of twi1609372
3.28/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Overall I like this beer, fairly smooth, good taste, doesn't go down as easy as some but not bad overall. Good to try something different if your in the mood for something new. Overall not a bad beer now and again but wouldn't drink it regularly.Maybe it's great on tap, never had a chance to try it.

Photo of beertaster13
3.25/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very light straw yellow with an inch head that quickly fades away to the depths of the glass, lacing is pathetic, not much to speak of at all. The smell is of grain and metal. The taste is very light and crisp with floral notes with tad bit of herbs. Malt tone brings sweetness to the grainy aftertaste. I could drink a few of these on those nice days in the sun but better Pilseners out there, still not bad for 1.59 for a 24oz.

Photo of woemad
3.45/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought a twelver of this on sale at an Albertson's in Spokane for $10.99. Decided to try this because I'd never had it before, and I really despair when I think of the Labatt Blue 12'er I bought 2 weeks ago, and supposed this couldn't possibly be as bad (I'd never had Labatt Blue before either - I need to buy a laptop and access BA while in the store to check the reviews). Fortunately, that assumption proved correct.

Poured a light, transparent gold color with a HUGE fizzy white head. Lots of bubble soaring skyward are visible in the glass. There was actually a little bit of lacing in my glass, which I didn't expect. Still, this looked like every other pale-colored lager I've had for the most part, so I was not particularly impressed.

Smell was better than I expected. There didn't seem to be any skunking. It smelled like an average pilsener should: Mildly hoppy and clean, and with no corn or rice scent violating my nose. Not a whole lot going on here, but what there is seems to be right.

Taste was better than the nose. Pleasingly easy to drink, with a mild, crisp hoppiness followed by a lingering dry finish. A perfectly straightforward proper pilsener taste to this. It's not a work of art, but it's certainly not bad tasting at all.

The mouthfeel was just what I would expect from a decent pilsener. This is a light-bodied beer, but it doesn't feel like it's too thin. Rather, it's just right.

This is the best warm weather beer I've had in a long time. So why am I drinking it now? It's rainy and nasty in Spokane right now! Yesterday a tornado touched down 2 miles from where I was working and there was so much hail it looked like it had snowed an inch (if you think a tornado is freakishly rare for Spokane, you are 100% right). I'll have to remember this when the weather is warm and predictable enough to safely do some outdoor grilling. This beer was a nice surprise as I'd always assumed it was just a German Heineken, in that it was made for people who equated imported with good and had no actual taste in beer.

Photo of Joey7F
3.53/5  rDev +23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

This beer looks like it has been bashed quite a bit around here. It is awfully reminiscent of Lowenbrau only slightly less hoppy and a little more smooth. The taste is a little grassy with a crisp finish that makes it perfect for Italian food. The mouthfeel is a little weak but it is to be expected for a pilsner.


Photo of jimdkc
1.7/5  rDev -40.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Pours about the palest yellow I've ever seen in a beer, crystal clear. Carbonation was readily apparent. Head was large, coarsely bubbled, and did not last long at all. Smell was skunky with maybe a little grain peeking through. Thin, watery, fizzy mouthfeel. Little bit of sweet malt flavor up front, followed by slightly grassy hop flavor. The taste was better than you'd expect it to be judging from the smell. However that skunky smell keeps this from being very drinkable!

Photo of RoyalT
1.7/5  rDev -40.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Appearance – Delicate light yellow in color without much of a head.

Smell – Straight skunk from forty paces out. There’s a bit of that pils hop aroma in the glass if you dare to venture close enough, but otherwise this is one of the skunkiest beers that I’ve ever had.

Taste – The nasty skunk flavors turn to pukish Gummi-Bear sweets. This is nasty with a capital “N”.

Mouthfeel – A thin body and some cheap carbonation made this one tough to swallow.

Sinkability – This one is heading for the drain.

Photo of beerluvr
3.53/5  rDev +23%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours into the pilfered-from-Outback 22oz. mug with a pillowy and soft snow white head. The liquid is a pale, washed-out yellow, adequately carbonated. Initial skunk hits the nose when freshly poured which seems to dissipate when exposed to air for a bit. After that, lightly grassy malty notes with slight metallic tones. The taste is very light semi-sweet maltiness, brief weak delicate hoppiness....quite watery. Finishes light, spritzy. A German lawnmower brew, that's about it. Hard to believe back in the late '70's this was what I considered "kick-ass imported beer"... how times have changed (thank God)!

Photo of Zorro
3.48/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear yellow with lots of carbonation.

Skunk got this bottle a little bit. Smells of strong grains and grass, mild perfume.

Taste is slightly sweet, has a nice fresh biscuit flavor with just the right amount of hop bite in the finish. Wonder how good this is on tap?

Mouthfeel is big for a Pilsner, Better than Pilsner Urquell in this respect.

Drinkability is really great even from a slightly skunked bottle this is delicious!

Photo of CBFanWish
2.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

As far as macro-imports go, this is pretty average. It poured a light straw yellow with little head and no lace. The was skunky, yet there was a faint scent of hops. I tasted a slight hop taste, but nothing to write home about. It was kind of watered down for me, but it was a little better than Becks or Heineken. It went down pretty smooth. I think the pin up girl ws the best part of the whole experience.

Photo of StevieW
2.85/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pale fizzy yellow colors. Tight bubbly white head, faded fast. It looks like what most pilseners I have had looks like. Moderatly refreshing smell, some fresh saaz hop presence. Grainy, fresh cut grass, and buttered corn on the taste. Grain tastes were more mushy toward the finish. Not alot of crispness to the flavors, is what I am trying to describe. Tight carbonation. Grainyness is not overwhelming, no "skunked" qualities that are associated with green bottled beers. Certainly more tasty and refreshing than other European green bottled lagers. Might be worth a look under desparate circumstances.

Photo of EagleTalon
3.63/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty decent mass-market German Pils. Very pale, with thin white head that fades away. Slight skunk that dissipates and gives way to sweet malt and noble hop aromas. flavor is sweet pilsner malt and grassy hops--likely hallertau. Finishes with refreshing bitterness. There are many, many beers I'd choose over The Girl but she is a solid brew that I'd buy again. Goes well with the sexy posters.

Photo of hotstuff
1.9/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

I was anything but impressed with anything regarding this beer.The head was medium sized, frothy and white and contained fine-small bubbles. The body was clear, lightly carbonated with a pale yellow hue.The nose was slightly hoppy and skunky with a slightly bitter and acidic flavor that left a lingering aftertaste.The mouthfeel was a little tingly and medium bodied.There was virtually no lacing with this beer.

Photo of Hobbz
3.55/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Ahh, "you never forget your first girl..." True enough, what I remember most are the posters!

Very light appearance in the pilsner glass. Foam is notable at first (carefully poured, yet bottle) but lingers not at all. Smell was typical for expectations for a product from a very large German pilsner mass brewery (little "freshness" replaced with mild grassy hay as if the little carbonation bubbles emanated from a far, far away pasture and bombarded with misty clouds of beer... ok).

I found the taste clean -- good not great -- drinkable and refreshing and balanced all on the lighter side of things. It was all underplay but with taste to boot (not grainy or particularly malty, just a light light malt-sweetness with underlying hop bite). Compared with Beck's, I perceived a "whetter" beer yet still crisp (though I enjoy the crisp B's as well).

A reasonable example of macro-brewed German pilsner for the masses (as opposed to smaller, regional brews of the fine crafty "northern" German pilsners).

Photo of beerguy101
2.95/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light gold color, small white foamy head. Aroma is grainy and sweet. A lighter bodied, lighter tasting mild lager. Some malt and hop flavor. Mouthfeel is light yet full. Nice taste. Very refreshing. Finish is clean and crisp. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

Photo of Indybeer
2.13/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. Poured a typical pale yellow, with not much head and no visible lacing. Aroma was slightly skunky, and that is about all. Taste is slightly sweet and hoppy, but watery thin. Much like any typical macro. You could drink alot of these. Not to bad but not what I really like.

Photo of BobLuvBeer
3.7/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice head and lace. Rich golden color. Aroma of hops permeates the immediate area quickly after pour. Hop presence in taste dominates, but is not overpowering. Hop flavor bites on the tip of the tongue and lingers there as an aftertaste. Not a session beer for me, but definitely a beer I would return to occasionally.

Photo of Beastdog75
2.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

For awhile, I thought St. Pauli Girl was simply Beck's with a more clever marketing gimmick. Now having tried both, I can say that the two are similar, but in general I think that St. Pauli Girl is slightly more drinkable and a little more flavorful than Beck's.

St. Pauli Girl Lager pours a light yellow straw color that leaves a very thin, almost non-existent foam head. The soapy remnants that form last for about 30 seconds. The aroma was mostly skunk, but there was some husky grain scents underneath that. Mouthfeel is fizzy and watery, but has a decent crispness to it. The beer itself tastes a little husky and grassy at first. The skunk surprisingly didn't affect the flavor too much either. There is actually a decent light malt character that is present and there is a moderate hop bitterness in the finish. Flavor is on the light side, but is crisp, clean, and drinkable. The aftertaste has some continuing light bitterness along with some grass and hay like qualities, and this beer finishes off with almost no alcohlic warmth whatsoever.

As I have said, this is less offensive than Beck's, and is quite thirst quenching. Not great by any means, but for a macro-import this is a reasonable thirst-quencher.

Photo of BierManVA
2.85/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Well, what can you say about St Pauli? It's true, 'you never forget your first girl', but you can forget this one, or maybe not....

Mixed feelings on this one. Yes, the head is non existant. How a German Pilsner Bier can have such a crappy head is beyond me. "Eine kleine blume"

But the taste and drinkability are not too bad, despite avg marks here, I can drink this! Kind of like a Heineken Lite (if they had one), only better.

All my confusion aside, I wouldn't turn this down if offered it. I would drink it and catch one, but wouldn't drive around looking for it.


St. Pauli Girl from St. Pauli Brauerei C.L. Wilh. Brandt Gmbh & Co.
68 out of 100 based on 966 ratings.