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: Euro Dark Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-07-2000

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Reviews: 238 | Ratings: 405
Photo of tj4288
4.61/5  rDev +51.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz bottle poured into goblet

a- not quite as dark as cola. hints of gold and ruby. one finger very light brown head that completly disapates and leaves no lacing.

s- primarily of roasted malt. dark chocolate.

t- taste is a very mild roasted malt with a tiny bit of dark chocolate. a very good balance of flavor and drinkability in a dark brew.

m- med/light body and carbonation. only slightly watery.

d- excellent drinkability. the mild but interesting flavor anyone can enjoy. and at 4.8% i could see myself enjoying a bunch of this back to back. also not bad for price.

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Photo of bensamra
4.18/5  rDev +37%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

APPEARANCE - dark burgundy body with an off white head

SMELL - pretty neutral

TASTE - savory toasted malt, floral hints

MOUTHFEEL - thin bodied, very smooth

DRINKABILITY / THOUGHTS - Great, I would always keep this at the top of the list.

Beer slogan, You never forget your first girl!

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Photo of beerbutcher
4.13/5  rDev +35.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a deep chestnut with quickly dissipating head of off white foam.

aroma is quite like their golden lager (?), with intense herbal, and slightly fruity german hops. there's a faint whiff of some munich, toasty, chocolate-y-ness, but it's faint.

taste- the malt makes a brief appearance in expected german quality, however at a very low volume... subtle. and the hops come back. it's an incredibly light bodied beer. in my opinion it's a tad over-hopped for a dark, but delicious none the less. finishing bright and dry with a slight wine-y fruit note.

mouthfeel- as a german lager, i think it fits the bill. there's a satisfying malt character and beautiful hops on the palate giving it a very refreshing edge but holding back the malt. the beer is well enough balanced overall. i wish it had a tad more oomph in the malt department, but it is what it is.

drinkablility- try this on your friends who claim to not like dark beers. one could pound these all day, refreshing as they are with sophisticated, however slight, malty nuances.. made for the dark beer lover on a very hot beach.

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Photo of TastyTaste
4.1/5  rDev +34.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark cola color, tan head which fades to a creamy layer covering the top of the beer.

Smell: I could grassy malts immedietly when i opened the bottle. Getting closer reveals some roasted malts, also.

Taste: Fairly clean, crisp, with some light cocoa and roasted malt flavors. Malt definitely drives the beer, not much hop presence. Still drinkable and not offensive.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, slightly metallic, fairly good.

Drinkability: A good dark euro lager. Not my favorite style, but a good example of it, in my opinion.

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Photo of Andrew644
4/5  rDev +31.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- very dark brown with a nice active tan head.

S- light malt smell with a nice hop aroma.

T- very nice balance, I can taste some chocolate malt with some other malt. At the same time the hops balance it nicely and have their own flavor in the beer.

M- good mouthfeel that invites me to drink more.

D- very good dark lager, I will definately have it again.

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Photo of clvand0
3.98/5  rDev +30.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a dark color with a moderate head. The aroma is a little sweet with malts and hops in it. The flavor is very smooth. I was thoroughly impressed at this one. It doesn't have a ton of character and it's not very complex, but I thought it was a very enjoyable beer.

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Photo of chilidog
3.97/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a good,drinkable dark brown thats easy on the taste. I also thought its alittle thin on body. The tan head & lace are gone quickly (45 sec.) after pour,never to be seen again.Its a good beer to have around if you want the kids to think your drinking a flat cola.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.95/5  rDev +29.5%
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 awester462
3.92/5  rDev +28.5%
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 BlackBeerPirate
3.9/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Taste is roasted malt, crisp and yet creamy. Dark brown in color and mostly clear. A nutty aroma and a medium body. Smooth head with some lace.
A gentle drinking lager for anytime.

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Photo of animal69
3.85/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this is a dark colored pilsner in my opinion,dark w/ a slight white head; hoppy w/ very faint malt aroma; crisp light taste the hops come through ,slightly malty, just a faint bit watery tho, with it's light body & dryness i believe this beer is quite drinkable.

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Photo of dmowen
3.82/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours from the bottle a nice dark brown color with a small head that dissapates rapidly to faint lacing. Smell is kinda sweet and a roasted scent is also dedectable. Mouth-feel for me is real good; not too fizzy but just the right amont of carbonation too let you know your beer isn't flat. Goes down good with a nice rosted malt flavor that leaves a slight afer-taste that wasn't too bad.

For me I enjoyed this brew although it is a little pricey. A good way to treat your-self if you have a few extra bucks in your pocket.

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Photo of Hibernator
3.8/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

St. Pauli Girl Special Dark
12 oz green bottle
Best before 05.2007
Served in a pilsner glass

Pours a dark chestnut brown. A thin head sustains while leaving trails of sticky lacings.

The nose is malty with a spicy hop flair.

Malty flavors lay the backbone with caramel sweetness and light chocolate tones. German hop snap on the finish. Nice drinkability level and a tad better than I was expecting.

I think I got a petty fresh sample. I've had other St.Pauli Girl products in the past and battled the skunk twang. Not the case here, I finished this beer off rather quickly.

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Photo of AdamBear
3.78/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-dark cherry brown with a nice cream colored head that thins. looks beautiful

S-caramel, honey, and breadiness. smells quite good and solid actually.

T-comes in with a decent taste of roasted barley. its not of wonderful quality, but its everything you want your German lager to be. the after-taste is slightly bitter with burnt caramel breadiness.

M-medium carbonation with a dry finish. very light bodied

O-for what it is, i love it. if you're in the mood for a dark german lager, this will hit the spot.

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.77/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 bottle to a pint glass the liquid is a nice translucent dark brown with good carbonation. The head is ok a little over on finger, tan and leaves little lace.

The smell is good dark caramel and slightly sweet, malt.

The taste is good as well, Not a rich and taosty as I remember from years ago but not a bad dunkel at all. slightly sweet dark caramel malt with , mild hops to give great balance.

The mouthfeel is off a tad, not quite medium body and a soda pop like carbonation.

The drinkability is ok, not a brew I would buy but not offensive by any stretch. Prosit MK

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Photo of aaronh
3.77/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a very nice head that lasts quite a while for a lager. Once the head fades, theres not much left to remind you of the impressive display from the initial pour, just a very thin ring. The beer is a nice deep color, reminiscent of a cola; it has some transparency and some deep amber higlights. The aroma is of roasted malt sweetness. Very nice, but no hops are evident. The tase is smooth, with a good bit of roasted malt and a hint of bittersweet chocolate. There is also a nice hop bitterness on the finish. A bit more sweetness is evident as the beer warms. The beer sports a fairly good mouthfeel for a lager, with a slight creaminess. While the flavor is not exceptional, I think I could drink these all night long with no complaints.

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Photo of stirgy
3.71/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep amber brown color and was topped off with a very creamy tan head. The aroma has a wonderful grassy hop note with just a touch of sweet caramel. The taste is light and sweet with some roasted coffee. The body is light and almost watery. This one is very easy to drink. Pretty smooth.

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Photo of Backer2004
3.7/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The main thing I got out of this Special Dark was that it actually tasted like Hershey's Special Dark Chocolate, at least the the end of it. Whatever flavors are added to make dark chocolate versus regular had to be added to this. One of the better Munich Dunkel's I've tried, but nothing too exceptional.

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Photo of danieltothemax
3.68/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

well, i just drank a six pack of this beer. it tasted sorta like newcastle, but not as much coffee or buttery flavors. a good "dark" beer. i like the way it made me feel. it made me feel like i was the captain of the starship enterprise and we were kicking intergalactic sphincter. i drank this really gross beer last night, and this beer (st. pauli's girl special dark) was as refreshing as a piece of lasagna to an italian person. this beer made me want to fight terrorism on the large scale. it made me want to enlist in the armed forces. it made me think that george bush kicks osama bin laden's ass. it made me feel closer to my dog, but not in a bestiality way. just in a "man's best friend" way. so in summation, drink this beer if you want to have a good time and there's nothing better to get.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.68/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a dark brown with reddish hues and a 1 finger head of foam. Some pretty nice lacing.

The smell has some sweetish malty notes, slight roast, and a light hoppy bitterness.

The taste is a pretty nicely balanced flavour of malt sweets and roasted malt with a light but adequate amount of bittering. I like and it's been years since I've had this. Not a bad price either at ~$8 a 6 pack.

The mouthfeel was surprisingly medium and vey welcome with medium carbonation.

Drinkability? There aren't many Dunkels in town nor have I tried that many but in my book, this is tasty enough to give this puppy good drinkablity. I'm pleased.

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Photo of tang214
3.63/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer is better than i remember. It pours a nice dark brown with minimal head that does not stick around. Not much of an aroma. There is very little hoppiness. The taste is good. It has smooth and sweet flavor of mostly caramel and a hint of coffee. It feels good in the mouth but leaves a mildly unpleasant aftertaste. It is very drinkable though. I would like to sit and have a good session with this beer at some point. Also, this beer seems like it would make some very good beer bread or biscuits.

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Photo of PBRstreetgang
3.6/5  rDev +18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark tawny brown, nearly opaque. One finger head with lacking retention and low lacing. Euro skunk smell accompanied by pale malt, noble hops and grainy alcohol that carry over into the taste. Other flavors include rich toasted malt and ground coffee. Crisp, light body leaves a dry aftertaste. Personally, I think it has too much euro dark lager flavor, but I'll still take this over the original St. Paulie.

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Photo of nasty15108
3.58/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pilsener glass.

A - Poured a dark brown color, very much like cola or rootbeer. The pour produced a a thick head of off-white foam foam. Prety good head retention, carbonation and lacing.

S - Light malty aroma with a little bit of that Euro-skunkiness you come to associate with Becks and St. Pauli lager.

T - SLightly malty up front with a tiny bit of caramel sweetness. Finishes slightly bitter and a bit dry with hints of Euro-skunkiness. Seemed to gain a little more characther as it warmed.

MF&D - On the thin side, but not a bad option for the $$$. Easily sessioned. A little better than expected. In the world of mass-produced beer, its better than Becks Dark.

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Photo of jerryjeff
3.57/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Slight grassiness from the hops along with a bit of malty tones, very reminiscent of other german pils/dunkels I've had

Medium high carbonation, bit watery on the palette maybe a bit less attenuation, some crystal malt would help. Bit of bitterness along the sides of the mouth, but relatively mild.

Poured to decent 1/2" or so head in a New Belgium goblet, but very quickly dissipated. This was a very disappointing, with a bit better head retention and mouthfeel I think this could be very good instead of just a decent session beer. Mahoghany/ruby in appearance through the goblet.

Some slight malty notes, bit of caramel maybe. Grassiness from the hops comes through. Pretty good, not quite great.

Very, meant to be a sessionable beer and I think it comes through on that.

I like this and feel as if this could be a good fallback session beer if in need of something to drink a decent amount of but don't want a macro brew. With a bit more presence on the palette (less water) plus a better head retention I think this could easily be a much better beer.

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Photo of zeff80
3.57/5  rDev +17%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - 12 oz bottle pour out a dark brown with a small head (it didn't last long)

S - It smelled strongly of roasted malts.

T - It had a coffee taste mixed in with the malt flavor and a hint of bitter.

M - Mouthfeel was crisp and medium bodied.

D - It is quite drinkable.

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