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

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Ratings: 922
Reviews: 385
rAvg: 2.87
pDev: 21.25%
Wants: 3
Gots: 48 | 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 putnam
2.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Tasted in a single-blind format with bottles of Aass, Bitburger, Heineken, Grolsch and Warsteiner.
Lightest color of the set with a grey-yellow cast and large, beach ball-sized bubbles that can't keep a head. A nose of grain that surprisingly contains barley as well as corn and rice aromas. Something I did not expect from any of these beers. The palate is smooth with bright, honey malty notes and very mild hop bitterness. The finish is sweet and gritty and thankfully over very quickly (2-3 seconds). This was a huge disappointment. Sample came from a freshly opened case and bore an expiration date of "end 10.2002."
Conclusion: This is a marketing phenomenon, not a real beer.

putnam, Oct 01, 2002
Photo of Thrasher
3.08/5  rDev +7.3%

Not good, but not bad either. An average, sharp-tasting pilsner that is a grade above Heineken and Beck's if you are lucky enough to get a bottle that hasn't been lightstruck. (Hint: 12 pack.) I was impressed by the foam that stuck to the glass and by the cleanness of the taste, but little else. Nothing special here (other than the girl on the bottle), but hey, it works.

If you want to spend your money wisely, though, simply look at the magazine ads, and then put your dollars toward Jever or better yet, Bitburger, which is a truly awesome German pilsner.

Thrasher, Oct 01, 2002
Photo of bewareOFpenguin
2.63/5  rDev -8.4%

In high school, I thought I was upscale if I drank this. Slightly better than Heinikan, with the same yellowish hue. You can barely taste the hops, but there is no bad aftertaste. This beer is definetly brewed with mass marketing in America in mind.

bewareOFpenguin, Oct 01, 2002
Photo of tang214
4.25/5  rDev +48.1%

Good bier. It is similar to Heineken but better. It has a golden straw color to it and a clear but slightly funky skunk smell to it. The taste is just a step above Heineken. The mouthfeel and drinkability is very smooth and easy. I really enjoy this beer.

tang214, Sep 29, 2002
Photo of bditty187
3.03/5  rDev +5.6%

St. Pauli Girl has a very small “drinkable” window. I never have the urge to drink it… unless I am at some (1/2 assed) German shindig (the ambiance is just right). Most of the time the overpowering skunkiness of the nose and taste is too much. Granted I “like” SPG more as I become a seasoned drinker but it still has along ways to go before I actually buy a 6-pack (or whatever quantity it is sold in) of this stuff.

SPG occupies all of the characteristics of an European Lager.

Imported macro-crap is usually the next step for American macro-crap drinkers. I do think it is a step above Heineken or Becks. Thus this beer is a baby step above macro-swill from anywhere.

SPG is not “stand alone good” but it is better by default.

A boobieman’s beer!

bditty187, Sep 09, 2002
Photo of BeerBob
3.9/5  rDev +35.9%

Saint Pauli Girl pours a light straw from a 24oz “Super Size” green bottle. Head is a nice foamy white and leaves lace down the side of the glass.

Nose of yeast and barley malt and palate is a clean, bright barley malt, some bitter hops, a faint sulfur yeast, and followed by a carbonation bite.

Saint Pauli Girl is a fairly good green bottle German Beer that goes well with food and friends, or all by its self.

BeerBob, Aug 17, 2002
Photo of garymuchow
3.2/5  rDev +11.5%

Initial aroma of graininess, but turns to a fresh hops smell. Pale yellow and crystal clear. Head is fizzy and thins fairly quickly. Taste is a little grainy and a little sweet at the start. Has appropriate dryness and crispness for style. Mildly lingering dryness. Thinner feel, but plenty of carbonation. There are better beers for style, but this is drinkable and I doubt I'll turn it down it offered.

garymuchow, Aug 05, 2002
Photo of proc
2.05/5  rDev -28.6%

A very mediocre beer. As others have mentioned, the St. Pauli girl on the label is nice, but that is about the extent of this beer's redeeming qualities. Pours out to a slightly, darker golden color, with a bizarre smell. Taste is that of light struck hops. If fresh, this can be decent, but with so many other good choices out there, this one isn't high on my list.

proc, Jul 03, 2002
Photo of ElGuapo
3.05/5  rDev +6.3%

it's not too bad. the chick on the bottle is a tempting large-breasted european chick, but she is much more pleasurable than the beer inside. a favorite of some guys i work with, i can drink them, but they are not by any means my favorites

it beats a heine or a becks any day. it has very drinkable characteristics being light and crisp. the flavor is a bit bitter which may turn many people away, but it is still a decent brew.

ElGuapo, Jul 02, 2002
Photo of Dogbrick
3/5  rDev +4.5%

All-around average beer. There are much better Pilsners out there that are less skunky. I don't know if they will ever learn to do away with the green bottles. It's usually Russian Roulette with these.

Dogbrick, Jun 27, 2002
Photo of ThreePistols
2.8/5  rDev -2.4%

Pale yellow color with almost no head. Toasted grain with a slight touch of skunk. Crisp sweet, floral, herbal, spicy flavor that is decently balanced between the malt and hops with a touch of skunk. Must be the green bottle. If it weren't for the skunkiness, this could be a good lager. Nevertheless, IMHO, St. Pauli Girl is better than a Heineken and a Becks.

ThreePistols, Jun 20, 2002
Photo of Jordan
3.18/5  rDev +10.8%

Spicey and herbal hop character. Light body, finishes dry. Very pale straw color. Not quite as good as grolsch, but a decent Pilsner none-the-less.

Jordan, Jun 07, 2002
Photo of psugrad98
3.45/5  rDev +20.2%

Clean and crisp appearance, with moderate head. Light amber/yellow in color. Fresh tasting with abundance of hops, but nicely balanced by malt. Finishes a little weak. Not the best of German beers.

psugrad98, May 27, 2002
Photo of Wildman
2.83/5  rDev -1.4%

I don't drink this one very much any more. Actually new a girl in college that was a St. Pauli Girl. Really wish they would get away from that.

Wildman, May 27, 2002
Photo of marc77
3.13/5  rDev +9.1%

Light straw hue w/ a moderate head and typical Pils clarity. The grassy, mildly spicy Saaz hop nose hits my nose at first but the mild skunky mercaptans detract from my enjoyment. Hop bitterness is quite firm and adds to the crispness of this beer. Fuller in body than other German Pilsners. The slight skunked flavors compromise what would be a pretty good Pilsner. St. Pauli Girl finishes soft, clean, a touch grainy, and a bit sweet. Although not a particularly great pilsner, I'll take this over a Heineken any day.

marc77, Apr 16, 2002
Photo of Viking
3.93/5  rDev +36.9%

Good stuff. It's an extremely pale golden and clear beer. Head starts of nice and thick, and dissolves quickly. Carbonation continues to provide a thin, lacy head and a bit of zest on the tongue. Has a faint grainy scent, like a distant hayfield. Taste is a bit on the sweet side, and very refreshing. This is one of those lagers to chug on a hot summer day.

Angela Little is still the best St. Pauli Girl in history.

Viking, Apr 14, 2002
Photo of WilliamPhilaPa
3.75/5  rDev +30.7%

The color is gold / yellow. Starts sweet on the palate with some hop spiciness / zesty towards the finish. Nice and light feel to the mouthfeel and goes down very easily. Overall all I think this is an enjoyable lager. Went well with my cheese steak!

WilliamPhilaPa, Mar 24, 2002
Photo of ADR
2.7/5  rDev -5.9%

Clean and crisp, if in shape, which is not often by my experience...drank 'em in the 80s until Sam Adams showed that cold fermenters had more flavor potential...honestly, I've had very few St. Paulis that weren't "skunked" -- sometimes, severely...

ADR, Feb 20, 2002
Photo of Jason
2.8/5  rDev -2.4%

More or less skunked depending on how old it is and where it has been stored. Either way there is that underlying overcooked hop aroma and flavour ... not as bad as some other known skunk laden imports though.

Jason, Feb 08, 2002
Photo of John
3/5  rDev +4.5%

In the old days, it used to be pizza and St.Pauli Girl on Fridays for lunch. Knocked back plenty of these. Still it's a respectable, clean (when it's not skunky), crisp and refreshing brew.

John, Nov 14, 2001
Photo of Brent
2.45/5  rDev -14.6%

Lightly hopped with a mild fruity/candy sweetness. Mouthfeel on the thin side. If only the beer was as attractive as the beergarden maiden on the bottle.

Brent, Jul 11, 2001
Photo of Todd
3.28/5  rDev +14.3%

Presentation: 12oz green bottle. And, there she is again. My girl friend, St. Pauli Girl. Freshness date stamped on the back.

Appearance: Ultra clear and pale. Moderate carbonation activity, creating a thin whisp of a white lace. Sticky and holds as a ring around the glass.

Smell: Light grain and sulfur aromas (by-product of the yeast).

Taste: Light and crisp upfront. Malt sweetness is mild, but rounded, complete. Hops are tea-like, floral, some herbal notes too as it lightly prickles the palate. Light sulfur flavours abaft it all. Finishes with grain notes, leaving the palate a tad dry.

Notes: An okay brew, even despite those awesomely cheesy adverts and stigma on imported lager -- in comparison to others of the same style.

Todd, Dec 07, 2000
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