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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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1/5  rDev -67.1%

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1.15/5  rDev -62.2%

Photo of TheEclecticGent
1.28/5  rDev -57.9%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

This review was from a 12-oz. bottle:

Appearance: This beer pours a mahogany brown with very little head and some spotty lacing.

Smell: I knew I was in trouble when I smelt this beer. A slap in the face grassy –medicine smell and very sharp hops.

Taste: The taste is as bad as the smell. Tastes like medicine, very sharp and acidic with a fresh cut grass aftertaste. It took willpower to finish this one beer. I’m wondering why it is dark because I’m tasting no caramel, malt, carbon, or flavors I associate with most dark beer. This tastes like a pilsner gone bad.

Mouthfeel: Very light mouthfeel with a bit of fizzyness.

Drinkability: Yuck!! Nicht mehr, nicht mehr!

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Photo of jdhilt
1.43/5  rDev -53%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Pours a one-finger light brown head that fades quickly leaving traces of lace. Clear deep amber color. Light-medium carbonation and light bodied. Hints of a malt nose. I was hoping this would be better than St. Pauli Girl lager but nope this is thin and watery, tastes wierd and has a metallic finish. Freshness date - Mar 2005. There are much better dunkels. I'm glad I only bought one . . . $1.49 for a 12oz bottle from Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, Me.

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1.5/5  rDev -50.7%

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1.75/5  rDev -42.4%

Photo of DogFood11
1.77/5  rDev -41.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Quick dashing head that fades to oblivion, no lacing, tan head for a second. Ruby red around the edges and brown in the middle.

Faint caramel, sweet grain.

Tasted kinda like a watered down version of a rather light style. Hop twinger towards the end cleans it up for a second but then this lingering sweet and simple malt profile lays down on the palate and sets up camp. Has a slightly skunkiness to it that I find to be normal for St. Pauli Girl so I'll add that to the ranking as well. Best before date is a few months off yet.

Notes: Pretty lame by on every level. Only thing slightly interesting is the mirage towards the end that its going to finish crisp and clean only to pull the rug out from under your palate.

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1.79/5  rDev -41.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Since the description on the label was nothing more helpful than "Special Dark", I suspected I was in for a rather pedestrian beer. I usually buy stouts and brown ales, but my wife picked up a sixer of this at the local mega-grocery because, as she said, "it was all they had left."

Poured it into a glass, got very little in the way of foamy head. What head there was quickly dissipated in seconds. Did not get a pleasant smell, either, in fact to be honest it smelled very skunky, not fresh, and smelled too much like beer that's been left in the boat on a hot summer afternoon...

The color was decent however, about what I expected, but the pour was weak, the aroma unpleasant, and my mouth was already prejudiced against what it might taste. Over the tongue, very thin mouthfeel, not robust, nothing bold about it, pretty unimpressive.

I have had Dunkels before, and this one did not make a good impression, it was pretty bland. But I will do my own beer shopping from now on, and stick to my stouts and ales.

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1.99/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Clear chestnut brown with a collar and skim of fine beige bubbles coating the surface of the beer. Short-lived spotty lace. Light aroma, bready malt, sulfury hops, slight skunk. The bitterness had some presence, but the malt flavour was thin and there was a metallic quality that really took hold at the back of the palate. More sulfury hop notes that were distracting rather than enjoyable. Lingering metallic and slightly sweetish flavour. Light to medium bodied with lively carbonation, fairly dry. I wouldn't go back to this one.

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Photo of davidward
2/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Nothing special about this dark lager. Just as weak as it's regular lager.

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2/5  rDev -34.2%

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2/5  rDev -34.2%

Photo of willgro
2/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This beer is, in a word, underwhelming. It is from a great beer maker (st. pauli) and i thought it would be great. what a letdown. don't even bother picking this up, its so sad. i really love what this brewer has done and continues to do with its other lines, but this tastes like a champagne in that it is overly carbonated and has a so so aftertaste. no head on the beer out of the bottle. i really don't understand what they are trying to do w/ this brew. disappointing.

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2/5  rDev -34.2%

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2/5  rDev -34.2%

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2/5  rDev -34.2%

Photo of beerceller99
2.03/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12 oz. bottle pours a transparent dark brown color with a thin head. Barely detectible chocolate malt smell. Thin, watery mouthfeel. Lightly flavored with a cold, unbuttered toast taste. Has a funky metallic finish.
Tastes like something a macro brewer would market as a dark beer.

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2.03/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a clear dark red-brown. Very little head, but it leaves a tan ring and light foam.

Smell: Malts, caramel, and some hops. Doesn't seem particulary interesting or pleasing here.

Taste: Malts and somewhat bitter hops. There's something soapy to the taste as well. The somewhat bitter aftertaste is nasty; it could be skunk, but disguised in this darker beer.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied and smooth; slightly watery. Tingly carbonation is a bit in excess.

Drinkability: Hard to drink with the taste and feel.

Not a good beer. Tastes bad and has no other redeeming qualities. It's like they poured some malts into one of their already skunked lagers.

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2.09/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

I'm not even going to bother sectioning out these categories. Darkish color with thin head that dissapted quickly. Smells like beer but with awful skunk to it. I know this isn't bad since it is the second one I've had. Tastes like an american beer with carmel in it. Horrible aftertaste. Nearly undrinkable since it tastes so bad.

I'm disappointed to hear something like this is coming from Germany.

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2.14/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This beer is kind of skunked. I don't give a shit. I will review it anyway, because it's in a green bottle and that's what happens. The head is decent on this beer, other than that everything else is subpar. Doesn't even really taste like a dark beer. Mouthfeel isn't that clingy, and this beer is hard to drink due to a cheap taste and slight skunkiness. Don't waste your money. There are better beers out there.

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Photo of witster18
2.18/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

pours amber...no head...no lacing....the most watery dark beer I have ever had...completely unimpressed!! Very metallic with a hint of stale cocoa. Really....this is terrible. Metallic water with brown food coloring....I don't mind their lager...it's average....this is not! On the same level as Mich Ultra Amber...and that's NOT a good thing.

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Photo of kguyty
2.18/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured nicely and looked as if it were going to be a pretty good beer, but man was I wrong. The looks are very deceiving regarding this beer. It looks tasty, smells like nothing in particular, and tastes like seltzer water mixed with a dark beer. I am very disappointed in this beer.

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2.18/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Dark reddish brown with orange highlights. The head is medium tan, average in size and average in appearance. Neither soft nor dense nor sticky, it's pretty unremarkable in all respects. Lace is limited to a stubby collar on the opposite side of the glass.

Special Dark doesn't smell like a dark beer to me. It gives off almost nothing in the way of roastedness or even toastedness. In fact, in a blinded smell test, I'd call this a pale lager.

There's a bit more (very light) roastiness on the palate, but it's perhaps the least dark malty of any dark beer that I've ever had. The metallic notes in the first few sips were pretty overwhelming. They did lessen somewhat as I got deeper into the glass, but never went away entirely.

The biggest problem with this beer, among many, is that it lacks malt support. It's bitter, harsh and thin, though not to the extent that I'd consider it to be a drain pour. The finish is short and... metallic. Annoying, to say the least.

I'm not impressed. St. Pauli Girl Special Dark isn't special, nor is it particularly dark. Take away the metal flavor and it might be a drinkable beer. Might.

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2.21/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a malty brown, with a white head that leaves lacing down the side of the glass. The smell was a little skunky and off putting. The taste was just as bad. The skunked flavor was there, along with an underlying hint of metallic flavor. There was little hop flavor, and the malt flavor was overpowered by the metallic-skuny undertones. I don't know if my sixer was spoiled or what, but the date on the label indicated that the beer was fresh. Maybe it sat next to a heater or something.

I'm a fan of Munich Dunkels. This is the worst example of the style that I've had.

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Photo of GeoffRizzo
2.22/5  rDev -27%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Root beer brown in hue, nil head, loose carbonation; this ones come via their green bottle; yes dark beer in a green bottle. Sweet caramel and toasted wheat bread on the nose. Light roasted coffee beans, some cocoa and sweet malts along with a quick hop bite on the sides, don't be fooled though. Somewhat metallic and grainy, with dry oats towards the finish. Don’t let the flavors fool ya’ – this one is bland and boring, although it has some flavors that are quickly detected, this one is bland and boring.

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