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

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986 Ratings

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Ratings: 986
Reviews: 397
rAvg: 2.86
pDev: 21.33%
Wants: 6
Gots: 76 | 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 PBRstreetgang
3.95/5  rDev +38.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear straw, with a creamy one finger head that doesn't hold for very long. Lacing is mediocre, and smells of pale malt, german hops, but mostly that distinctive skunk associated with euro lagers. Taste is similiar, with a strong hop bite. Light in body and well carbonated. There is a lingering hop bitterness in the aftertaste, but finishes crisp and drinkable. This is not one of my favorite beers, but I feel it is an good interpretation of the pilsner style.

Photo of Golden2wenty1
2.9/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

My aunt pulled out all the stops and an assortment of "fancy" beers for Labor Day: Guinness, Corona, JW Dundee's Honey Brown, and this.

Pours piss/straw yellow with a small foamy-white head. Smells metallic and skunky like Heineken. Taste is metallic and skunky a first but turns a little hoppy and grassy at the finish. Mouthfeel is harshly carbonated and light-bodied, but probably the least offensive trait. Never like Heineken, this isn't much different. Another skunky Eurolager.

Photo of alankwak
3.8/5  rDev +32.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

App: Straw colored, light. Head was strong and lacing was OK. Head didn't last too long but well over a minute which beats US macros.
Sm: Low to medium aroma.
T: Very smooth with a nice finish. Moderately hopped but has a nice finish. Light Sazz hops perhaps??
M: Very light mouthfeel as it should be as a pils. Light but good.
D: Damn drinkable beer for the price. Goes down smoothly and I enjoyed it. It's close to on par with Heineken but a few pennies less so...I approve!:)

Photo of feloniousmonk
2.06/5  rDev -28%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

710 ml bottle. I'm in it for the long haul.
A toothsome, buxom blonde hoisting a quartet of mugs, smiling broadly, on the label. Who am I to say no to her?

transparency's epitome...one of the faintest tints of yellow...under a thin slice of whitish foam, eventually evaporating...there, it goes...

odd aroma...lemony, sour, almost pee-like, honestly...not that great...

Taste 'er...lightness' acme, vapidity's paramount...wafts in and out of the mouth with alarming alacrity...virtually no flavor, no character, nothing to give it any reason to exist...but, apparently, people must like that...

Very grainy, slight grit in the mouthfeel, but you get the feeling they made an amazingly minimal use of any kind of hops or malt. Weirdly watery, taste, what it is, getting fouler the longer it sits in the mouth.

Not good. Not at all.

They do give work out to some attractive Playboy models who might otherwise be forced to go naked for their paycheck, so that's something.

Photo of DrunkMcDermott
1.62/5  rDev -43.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

24 oz. bottle. Opening the bottle hits with that pissy smell of cheap lager. Drinking it from the bottle on the train, though, I find there definitely is some kind of maltiness to it, but a mishmash of hop bitterness and staleness. No discernable beer style. Humdrum.

Photo of palliko
2.58/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance is a nearly transparent pale yellow with some head and a little sticky lace. Aroma is skunky sulphur. Initial taste begins with sweet malt, barley, malt, floral hops, coriander and light carbonation. Finish abounds in nasty, dry cooked vegetable flavor. Yuk.

Photo of johnrobe
2.49/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale gold in color with a wispy white head, this brew was mildly light-struck / skunky which competed with some light maltiness in the aroma. The flavor has some maltiness with a nice hops presence, not so much hops flavor just ample bitterness. A bit thin and watery, this brew is better than U.S. macros due to the higher level of hops but there are many better brews for the same $$ or less

Photo of robertp1024
3.22/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Best German beer, no, best German beer in my house right now, yes.

The appearance was pale, yellow, with a slight head with doesn't stick around too long

Smells of sweet malts, somewhat fruity, somewhat floral, and the hops are coming through nicely.

The taste is the same. Hops are quite apparant, as are the floral malts.

Refreshing, tasteful German bier.

Photo of ommegangpbr
3.78/5  rDev +32.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a 24ounce bottle, with the drink by date (11/05) clearly marked on the back.
It's nice getting a fresh sample of this.
Not much in the way of an odor from this, but no spoiled smells either so I'll give it some extra credit. Some floral hops smells come through. Fresh and clean smelling.
Pours a sunny yellow with a white a white head which quickly turns into a consistent swirl of foam at the top.
Clean tasting, good hops bitterness.
Finishes sharp and clean, with a rather thick mouthfeel for a pilsner.
Plenty of drinkability here.
$2 for 24 ounces? Sure! No problem at all with that.

Photo of maggotbrain
3.5/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer poured a pale yellow color with a bright white head that quickly disappeared leaving no lace.

Its smell was very mild, so mild that I cannot really pin down any particular scent that I can detect. To be honest, it smelled like beer; is that nondescript enough? I am reminded of when I would smell my father's beer as a child. Very general.

The taste was dry with a refined bitterness. Since I bought it in a sealed twelve-pack there was no skunkiness at all. Only a fool, in my opinion, would buy a beer such as this in an unprotected package.

The beer had a very light and effervescent mounthfeel. Very spritzy and appropriate for the style.

The drinkablilty for this beer is incredible. Crisp and clean. Goes down so easy that it could be consumed all night, albeit with no thought involved.

Photo of ski271
1.49/5  rDev -47.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Appearance: Medium yellow with a small, white, fizzy, rapidly diminishing head. Very little lacing.

Smell: Either I’ve bought mishandled beers from two different places, or this beer is just nasty skunk. For the moment I popped the cap, it was horrible. Underneath the skunk I could pick up hay, grass and corn.

Taste: Some half-decent malts under a nasty skunk that really comes out on the dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Light body, dry texture, moderate-lively carbonation.

Drinkability: Maybe I’ll try it yet again sometime, and hopefully be able to edit my post to give the beer more favorable marks, but it’s not like I’m rating this on one bottle (though the last bottle went down the drain). You know it’s bad when you’re burping up skunk 5 minutes later. Just downright nasty!

Photo of whynot44
2.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Light bodied, very pale straw color with a small white head that disappears quickly.

Aroma is mostly grassy with a hint of malt.

Taste starts with a soda water taste, then some very mild malt and finishing with a bit of hops bite and a metallic aftertaste.

Nice label, otherwise not that impressive. still, very drinkable, especially after mowing the grass on a hot day.

Photo of NiceGuyMike
3.64/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Crisp clean golden appearance. Light carbonation with bright white head that quickly dissipates.

Smells of light skunk, which isn’t a bad thing for me. First initial tastes of light skunk followed by slight hoppy bitterness with malts. Medium body.

This is a very drinkable beer, excellent for a macro and all the lame adv. Not a bad beer. But not one I will actively seek out.

Photo of Suds
2.88/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

From a green 12 ounce bottle, this one pours a very light yellow, completely clear, with average carbonation. There’s a fluffy white head that has respectable staying-power. Light aroma of continental hops and a bit of graininess, along with a slight smell of sulfur. Smells like a typical euro-lager. Taste initially has just a bit of malt sweetness, but quickly turns to a crisp finish. Hops are faint, but detectable. It’s light in body and refreshing, but nothing that I’d seek out. Probably better than other beers of the same style.

Photo of jdhilt
1.51/5  rDev -47.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Pours a two-finger white head that fades quickly leaving no lace. Clear very pale amber color. Light carbonation and light bodied. Skunky nose. Starts and finishes with some hops and a trace of sweetness, there is a dry metallic after taste. I don't see why this is rated as high as it is, poor example of a pilsner. Freshness date - Nov 2005. $1.49 for a 12oz bottle from Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, Me.

Photo of TheDeuce
3.38/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Man I wish that was my girlfriend right there...

Appearance-poured into the imperial pint glass with a nice one and half inch of foam, pale golden color, the head sticks around.

Smell-a little bit of that euro skunk that everybody loves, a lot of grain in there as well, slight alcohol tendencies, no different than any other euro lager.

Taste-grainy on the palette, almost to the point of tasting like a pale ale, very flavorful, much more so than other euro lagers of similar personality.

Mouthfeel-light and very grainy, slightly bitter on the aftertaste as the flavor does get a little bland by the end of the sip, not bad though.

Drinkability-very drinkable euro lager, much less skunk that some of its brethren so it definites trumps them in this respect.

Overall-if your preference is Euro lager, you'd be hardpressed to find a better one that St. Pauli Girl, very flavorful and not a lot of skunk while also looking nice and going down smooth. If you like euros, give St. Pauli Girl a shot, as it is among the better euro lagers in my opinion

Photo of barknee
2.18/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

St. Pauli Girl, (SPG) pours with a one-inch white foamy head, and is a light champagne color. A stream of fine bubbles can be seen rising from the center of the glass. Upon the initial pour, SPG emanates that diagnostic skunky-sulphurous nose that is akin to Heineken and to a lesser degree, Becks. The profile of this beer is lean, with a corn like aftertaste and a latent hint of saltiness on the finish, nowhere as upfront and vivacious as its neighbor in Bremen, Becks. SPG is on the Atkins diet, and needs to put on some weight by increasing her carbohydrate intake. This beer lacks the bitter element that makes even other mainstream pilsners true to their heritage. Although crisp and somewhat refreshing, SPG lacks the goods that otherwise would of made her a "looker", but she remains, nevertheless, the nice German girl next-door.

Photo of TastyTaste
3.5/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a foamy white head sitting atop a crystal clear straw body. Smells of grassy malt and not much else. Relatively skunk-free, though. Taste is very strong in grassy malt, lots of carbonation. This is another run-of-the-mill euro lager, which is not a bad thing, but it is like trying to compare Budweiser with MGD with a lot of these.

Photo of francisweizen
3.5/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fresh 12oz bottle, my Dads brew of choice for a few weeks. Light gold with a nice head of fluffy white foam. Aromas are of grape-like hops, and lightly bready malts. The taste is a nice blend of the fruity hops and light malts. This is definately a light euro-lager, but it is one of the best ones out there. The mouthfeel is light, crisp, and refreshing and the drinkability is good as well. Like Becks, but better.

Photo of aracauna
1.82/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours like a Bud Light or something with that super-pale watery yellow and a fizzy head that started to fade before the beer was even all the way in the glass. Beer was skunked, but after that wafted off, there wasn’t a whole lot left. It tasted kind of like corn flakes, oddly enough. This was a really lousy beer edging on a drain pour, but I managed to finish it off.

Photo of SixpointJMH
3.1/5  rDev +8.4%
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
1.06/5  rDev -62.9%
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
2.81/5  rDev -1.7%
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
3.5/5  rDev +22.4%
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 +4.9%
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.

St. Pauli Girl from St. Pauli Brauerei C.L. Wilh. Brandt Gmbh & Co.
67 out of 100 based on 986 ratings.