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

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Ratings: 976
Reviews: 394
rAvg: 2.87
pDev: 21.25%
Wants: 5
Gots: 69 | 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 ski271
1.49/5  rDev -48.1%
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 +3.8%
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 +26.8%
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 +0.3%
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 -47.4%
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 +17.8%
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 -24%
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%
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%
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 -36.6%
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%
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 -63.1%
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 -2.1%
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%
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
2.83/5  rDev -1.4%
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
3.35/5  rDev +16.7%
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
3.2/5  rDev +11.5%
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
3.42/5  rDev +19.2%
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
3.46/5  rDev +20.6%
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
1.66/5  rDev -42.2%
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
1.73/5  rDev -39.7%
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
3.5/5  rDev +22%
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
3.45/5  rDev +20.2%
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!

St. Pauli Girl from St. Pauli Brauerei C.L. Wilh. Brandt Gmbh & Co.
67 out of 100 based on 976 ratings.