St. Pauli Girl Special Dark | St. Pauli Brauerei C.L. Wilh. Brandt Gmbh & Co.

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St. Pauli Girl Special DarkSt. Pauli Girl Special Dark

Brewed by:
St. Pauli Brauerei C.L. Wilh. Brandt Gmbh & Co.

Style: European Dark Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Ratings: 415 |  Reviews: 239
Reviews by Kemmerlin:
Photo of Kemmerlin
2.36/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: Pours an extremely thin head that quickly disperses and has a dark amber brown color.

S: Has a very musky and murky smell like mothballs and soured mud. I couldn't place the malts or the hops that were used which is very unfortunate.

T: The taste was very much like the smell in that it tasted stale, musky, and murky. It tasted much like an american lager and didn't impress me one bit.

M/D: Very light feel in the mouth for a dark beer and it didn't support an bitter or sweet tingles on the tongue so it was very bland feel. The drinkability was rather harsh because of the pour taste and smells.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Knapp85
3.95/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a nice shade of brown, the head was a little fizzy but still had some left over clumps on top. The smell of the beer had a little bit of the skunky lager aroma going on but was almost hidden by the sweeter malts in the brew. The taste of this brew had good flavor all around. The sweet caramel malts work well with the lager elements. The mouthfeel was pretty good, on the lighter side but had enough body to remain flavorful. Overall I enjoy this beer from time to time. I would pick it over a Becks Dark and a few others out there any day.

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Photo of Brent_B
3/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Todd
3.48/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz green bottle. An inviting St. Pauli Girl, steins in hand, on the front, best before date on the back and foil neck.

Appearance: Clean looking brown colour with dark amber hues. Well retaining off-white head that sticks.

Smell: Soft grain notes, mild sulfur aromas (by-product of certain lager yeasts) and light floral hop.

Taste: Very smooth with a light mouthfeel. Light to medium bodied. Malt flavours are mildly sweet, lightly toasted with hints of faint molasses. Hops are a bit floral in flavour with a delicate bitterness. The brew then goes dry and refreshingly crisp with grain flavours and more sulfur notes.

Notes: Very drinkable and refreshing. I enjoyed it very much. A nice dark lager and overall import.

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Photo of akocina
3/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of generallee
3.25/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of Jason
2.28/5  rDev -25%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Good clarity but the head retention is lacking with only a thin ring of lace. Bight brownish amber in colour.

Faintly sweet caramelized malt and a bit metallic in the aroma with a cloying note in the back.

Carbonation is level with a decent crispness, both grain and the little amount of hops have a mild astringent bite to them. Malt seems a bit lost and does not lay down much other than some vague toasted grain. Mild metallic taste middle to end. Dry and a bitty after taste.

This is a poor example of a dark Euro lager. Needless to say I have no need to go back to this beer and don’t recommend it at all.

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Photo of Apotheosis
3/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of magictrokini
2.88/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A bit better than its pale counterpart. Pours a caramel color with a big off-white head. Pleasantly sweet aroma of caramel, brown bread, and floral hops. Taste is similar to the original, but with caramel malt flavors added. Bit of a tangy bite when the beer gets to the end, not sure what that is about. Not bad.

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Photo of rhinonau
3.75/5  rDev +23.4%

Photo of Bamabrew22
2.46/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bought a twelve pack of these last week because I had never tried it, it was on sale, and I was hoping to collect 12 brown bottles for my upcoming jump into the homebrewing world. Due to the fact that the box was closed, I couldn't see that they were actually in green bottles. But hey, at least they're not twistoffs.

Must say that I was a bit disappointed in this beer. Presentation was good, poured clean and with decent head straight out of the bottle. Taste, however, was another story. Sort of bland, with a bad aftertaste. Bit of a hop tinge, but nothing really to note. Also, tasted like burnt caramel, and not in a good way. Still, despite it's faults, it was easy going down. Light on the mouthfeel. Doubt I would buy it again, but if offered for free I would probably drink it.

On a side note the labels came off clean and easy with a little hot water.

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Photo of mjtiernan
2.75/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of ryanocerus
3.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured dark ruby with minimal head. Excellent carbonation ups the mouthfeel. The aroma was slightly off with evident alcohol. The flavor was slightly bitter, but light. As it warms, the flavor maltens up. Refreshing if the beer is fresh.

Edit: After revisiting this beer, I think the smell was more malty than I reported and I think these were a little fresher. So, I upped the smell from 3.0 to 3.5 and the drinkability from 3.0 to 3.5. Not as good as the Warsteiner Dunkel, but good.

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Photo of jondeelee
3.22/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Smells slightly of honey and malty sugar. In the mouth, nuts and dark sugars proliferate: caramels, toffees and deep syrups. Lightly hopped and sparkling on the tongue, this brew is quite flavorful, and has a mouthfeel of carbonated water. Quite decent fare; a good introduction to brown ales and such medium-heavy fares for those not acquainted with anything bearing any severity.

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Photo of niknar
3.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours out a reasonably dark blackish color with faint hints of red. Certainly not as dark as a stout, but this isn't a stout! A somewhat smallish almond-tan colored head appears readily, but disappears fairly quickly as well. Some very minor amounts of lacing left on the glass. Smells pleasingly of chocolate and malt, but nothing spectacular. Tastes fairly sweet with immediate hop bitterness to balance it out. However, it finishes with a thin tanginess that seems to give it a watered-down character. I believe this beer may actually taste better straight out of the bottle... Mouthfeel is unusually thin for a beer that is this dark. Not horrible by any means, but it seems to be much too thin for the style. Overall, its a fairly drinkable offering, but not something I would consider very good stylistically. I have enjoyed the six pack I purchased and consumed prior to writing this review (not in one sitting mind you!), but for the price, I won't be buying it again anytime soon.

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Photo of ADR
2.54/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I’ve had a few of these kicking around the refrigerator for a while, now...

Clear dark brown leaning toward the reddish side. Stubbornly refuses to generate a head, and it won’t lace – almost like it was waxed. Somewhat biscuity aroma. Mildly malty flavors, some sense of distant molasses and dark Karo. Finishes over carbonated and faintly metallic. I didn’t detect any skunk but this beer is no where close to the quality its price suggests.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.25/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It's hard to believe I've never written my thoughts down about this accessible, this one appears a dar cola brown with ruby highlights forms a light beige head that sticks around for some time. Minimal scattered lacing lines my 1/2 liter mug. Aroma has a slight toasted malt character with minimal herbal hops accenting the malts. A bit of a sourdough or biscuit yeast edge in the nose as well. Flavor is decent a touch of chocolate mild tartness from that yeast driven malt profile. Herbal hop bitterness in the finish, a nice mass produced dunkel it is what it is. Mouthfeel is thin lighter bodied, flows well everybody has crossed paths with this beer on their way to craftbeerdom. Drinkability is decent a twelve pack was on sale for 10 bucks that's a great deal so why not here I am drinking some St. Pauli Special Dark.

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Photo of valkyre65
3/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of LXIXME
3.25/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of Brenden
2.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The color is a clear, dark amber-brown. There's a one finger head on the pour that stays for a couple of minutes and leaves just the tiniest spots of thin, delicate lacing.
I suppose this is supposed to be malty; I get the tones of natural caramel malt, though a little weak, but there's a metallic and astringent tinge to the nose as well. There's a light note of grains noted when I strain.
The taste is the same, though a hops flavor shows up faintly as well. A little bit of molasses in the malt on the tongue as well. The finish is moderately dry and lightly bittersweet, lingering for a short while.
The body is light and it's pretty smooth on the tongue. Carbonation is at a good, active level. It is a little thin.
It's drinkable.

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Photo of SetarconeX
3.23/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Probably my current favorite of the St. Pauli Girls, which really isn't saying a whole lot.

It's a tad darker than some dark lagers I've seen, but not overwhelmingly so. The smell, despite being a tad faint and nowhere near as malty as I'd like, nevertheless manages to be acceptable.

The taste is somewhat lackluster, suffering from a distinct lack of hops. It is, however, saved by a faint carmel sweetness which ends up being the beer's main feature.

Drinkable, but there's a number of better options out there.

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Photo of awester462
3.92/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a beer that I really enjoy, living in a small southern town with no micros this is one of my standbys. Thin head on pour. Color was dark dark copper. Looked beautiful when the light shined through the glass. The taste and mouthfeel are really good, and this is a beer that you probally shouldn't start drinking unless you plan to stay home, because one ins't enough.

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Photo of pmcadamis
3.22/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Transparent reddish purple brew with a short-lived half-finger head that quickly recedes to a wisp of haze and a thin collar. A swirl brings back a thin cap and lacing is minimal at best.

S - Marshmallow and milk chocolate aromas with thin rootbeer notes. Count Chocula-esque. A thin but pleasing nose.

T - Woody barky flavors with a touch of roastiness and some milk chocolate and rootbeer just like the nose. Some noticeable mineral flavors detract a bit from the taste, but it seems too work here. A little too sweet and metallic, but not bad overall.

M - Moderately carbonated and light bodied with a creamy feel as it warms. The finish is quite dry and barky.

D - A good session brew that leans toward the dark side with light roasted flavors and a thin drinkable sessionable quality. This is very much like a schwarsbier and a good stout or porter alternative for those who like their coffee weak....I prefer my coffee at full on black Starbucks strength.

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Photo of tdm168
2.75/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of Danflurry
3.25/5  rDev +6.9%

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St. Pauli Girl Special Dark from St. Pauli Brauerei C.L. Wilh. Brandt Gmbh & Co.
Beer rating: 3.04 out of 5 with 415 ratings